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Hospital treatment Posted or Updated on 20 May 2024

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While You Wait now has additional information to support people waiting for treatment under Orthopaedics, Gastroenterology and Children’s services.

If you’re waiting for any of the following procedures listed below, you’ll find information about what to expect and what you can do during your waiting time to prepare and get the best possible outcome from your treatment.

You will also find information on what to do if your health is deteriorating including signs and symptoms to look out for that may indicate you need to seek medical help.


If you are waiting for any of the following procedures find more information and advice at

  • Knee replacement
  • Knee ligament
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Hip replacement
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Carpal Tunnel


If you are waiting for any of the following procedures fine more information and advice at

  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • CT colonography
  • FibroScan

Children’s surgery

If your child is waiting for treatment find more information about the following at

  • Managing common childhood illnesses
  • Managing pain
  • Mental Health
  • Preparing for admission
  • Sepsis
  • Children’s urology services
  • Children’s dental services