Surgical Outpatient Clinic
The Surgical Outpatient Clinic treats patients from various surgical fields, based on a referral. Annually, there are approximately 14,000 visits to the outpatient clinic for gastrointestinal surgery, urology, and plastic surgery. Emergency patients are usually admitted for examinations and treatment within one to two weeks and non-emergency patients within no more than three months.
Some of the patients undergo special examinations before the appointment or during it. Some patients have a therapeutic procedure performed during their visit to the outpatient clinic. The patient can be seen by a surgeon, expert nurse, or both together. In addition, it is possible to book an appointment for an anaesthesiologist and a urotherapist/sexual health counsellor at the outpatient clinic.
The treatment is negotiated, planned and implemented in co-operation with the patient. Based on the referral information, a small minority of patients are transferred directly to the surgical waiting list.
Follow-up for the treatment is arranged either by scheduling an appointment or a telephone consultation. Telephone consultation is an important means of complementing, and sometimes even substituting, outpatient care.
Surgeons from other units also operate in the outpatient clinic facilities: paediatric surgeons, vascular surgeons, neurosurgeons, and orthopaedists.