Frequently Asked Questions


1. How can I make an appointment to see Mr Clarke
Telephone anytime 9-5pm Monday to Friday on 0207 042 1787 or email Samantha.russell@phf.uk.com

If out of hours then email the referral to our contact page or email Samantha.russell@phf.uk.com

2.  Do I have to fix an appointment during the fixed clinic times?
Ideally and to guarantee a slot this is best, however if none of these are suitable then adhoc appointments can be arranged outside of these times. For more information contact Samantha.russell@phf.uk.com

3. What will the consultation consist of?
Usually this takes the form of a meeting with you and your child in one of the dedicated clinic rooms at any of the hospitals previously listed. Mr Clarke will go through any referral letter or ask questions about the problem that your child is experiencing. An examination takes place if necessary and any investigations such as blood tests or xrays can be organised. This is usually not needed.

4. Which hospital shall I book to see Mr. Clarke.?
This is entirely up to you and is usually dictated by the timing of clinic slots and proximity to your home.
All hospitals offer the highest standard of surgical care for your child.

5. Once an operation has been decided what then?
Mr Clarke will go through the procedure, explaining all steps as well as potential risks which are rare.
The procedure and anaesthetic are explained in detail and you then can co-ordinaate your diary with Mr. Clarkes secretary and find a suitable date.

6. Do we need any tests before hand?
Usually not. The only test that some hospitals may ask of you is for MRSA screening. This bacteria is present in many of us but is not usually a problem. However if brought into the hospital setting then older and immunocompromised patients are at greater risk. A simple swab test from the nostril detects this and if present medication via nasal drops and shampoo is given.

7. What happens on the day of the operation?
Mr Clarkes team will contact you beforehand informing you where and when to go to the hospital. An approximate operative time wil be given prioritising smaller infants to be first on the list. No milk or solid food is allowed for 6 hours before the approximate operation time, though water can be taken 2 hours beforehand. This is to ensure an empty stomach when the anaesthetic begins. You will meet the anaesthetist and Mr Clarke again on the day of the operation. They wil go through the procedure and take written consent.

8. Can I speak to someone from the nursing or anaesthetic team before hand?
If you want more information then a member of the nursing team from your chosen hospital will call you to discuss. If you would like to make an appointment to talk with the anaesthetist before the operation then discuss with Mr. Clarkes team though this is usually not necessary.

9. What happens in the anaesthetic room?
Parents always accompany their child to the anaesthetic room and either inhalational method  will be used to allow sleep or a gentle injection into a drip will occur to start the anaesthetic. Once you child is asleep you will then leave.

10. What happens after the operation?
Once the procedure is finished your child will be taken to the recovery room and will slowly wake, once this is beginning a member of the nursing team will bring you into recovery so your child is not aware you have been away. Mr. Clarke will also talk to you after the operation.

11. How long will we have to stay in ?
If it is a day case procedure then 2 hours after the operation to fully recover is the average. If a short stay is planned Mr. Clarke will explain before the operation as complex procedures have different recovery periods.

Book an Appointment

Appointments can be made through your GP or for private patients by contacting either Mr Clarkes secretary directly or by calling the appointments line directly at your preferred hospital

Get in contact

Private Secretary : Samantha Russell / Claire Farrar
Tel: 0207 042 1787 (9am-5pm) ( out of hours email )
Fax: 0207 042 1788
Email: samantha.russell@phf.uk.com

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