The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


What Is An Outpatient Appointment?


An Outpatient appointment is a consultation with a healthcare practitioner. This could be a Doctor, Nurse or Allied Health Professional. 

An Outpatient appointment will be a face-to-face meeting to gain a better understanding of your symptoms. They will discuss with you an anticipated course of treatment, what will happen and how your care will be delivered. At Leeds Teaching Hospitals we firmly believe that your care will be most effective when you are involved in the process of deciding how best to treat you.

There are a number of ways which enables you to book an Outpatient appointment.  This could be directly with your GP, by telephoning one of our team to arrange a suitable date and time or alternatively we may send you a text message to ask you to call us when you are due for an appointment.

As well as face to face appointments we also telephone consultations should your prefer this option.  If you have a particular preference, then please let our agent know when you contact us, though it may be that this method is not always suitable depending upon your particular care plan.

When you talk to an agent, you will be offered a number of ways to receive confirmation of your appointment. This may be:

  • A letter
  • A text message
  • An email

Your confirmation includes details of a specific Consultant to whom you have been referred.  However, when you attend the appointment you may be seen by any member of the team supporting that Consultant.