When you visit with us here at BMI The Manor Hospital, you’ll be seen by a Consultant Gynaecologist. Your initial appointment will usually be about 30 minutes, depending on your specific needs.
We know that sometimes it can feel awkward or embarrassing to discuss intimate details with a doctor. Rest assured, during your appointment, you’ll be able to discuss any health concerns you have with your Consultant, assured of complete privacy and dignity at all times.
When you first meet with your Consultant, you’ll be able to talk with them about the symptoms you’re having. They’ll want to know things like:
- How long you’ve had the symptoms for,
- If you have pain, what type of pain it is (for example, is it dull or sharp, spread throughout the pelvis/abdomen or only in one specific place, constant or intermittent?),
- Whether your symptoms have been getting worse over time,
- What treatments (if any) you’ve already tried,
- How the symptoms are affecting you day to day,
- Whether there’s anything you’re particularly worried or anxious about.
As part of their assessment, they may need to carry out a physical examination, and this will always be explained to you.
Additional tests may also sometimes be needed to help with diagnosis, and these can all easily be arranged for you on-site. We respect your time and are often able to carry out these tests during your visit with us in order to keep things as efficient for you as possible. These tests may include:
- Blood test,
- Cervical swabs to check for infection,
- Diagnostic scans, normally ultrasound (also known as sonography).
The results of any tests will inform treatment choices, and your Consultant will discuss options with you so that you have all the information needed to make an informed decision. If you have any questions at any time, this is the ideal opportunity for you to talk through them in a safe, supportive environment.