Plastic Surgery – District Nurse/GP Letter (Plastics Trauma Clinic) Castle Hill Hospital

  • Reference Number: HEY-673/2017
  • Departments: Plastic Surgery

Introduction

This advice sheet should be passed to the District Nurse or GP to provide general information about the patient’s ongoing care and to enable future treatment/care to continue. Most of your questions should be answered by this sheet.

If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please contact the Plastic Trauma Clinic on (01482) 623259.

Patient information

Patient Name:
Patient Address:
GP:
Consultant:
Procedure:
Date of Operation:
Dressings given to Patient:
Please get GP to Prescribe Dressings:

Instructions for dressing change

Clean the wound with saline:
Dress the wound with:
Cover the wound with:
Secure the dressing with:
Frequency of dressing change:
Comments/Additional information:

Information

The patient will be monitored regularly in the clinic. Should the dressings change, the patient will inform you and be supplied with the alternate dressings. If you have any problems or concern you can contact us or ask the patient to discuss it at their next appointment, or discuss it with their GP.

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the Plastic Trauma Clinic on Clinic Number (01482) 623259.

General Advice and Consent

Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.

Consent to treatment

Before any doctor, nurse or therapist examines or treats you, they must seek your consent or permission. In order to make a decision, you need to have information from health professionals about the treatment or investigation which is being offered to you. You should always ask them more questions if you do not understand or if you want more information.

The information you receive should be about your condition, the alternatives available to you, and whether it carries risks as well as the benefits. What is important is that your consent is genuine or valid. That means:

  • you must be able to give your consent
  • you must be given enough information to enable you to make a decision
  • you must be acting under your own free will and not under the strong influence of another person

Information about you

We collect and use your information to provide you with care and treatment. As part of your care, information about you will be shared between members of a healthcare team, some of whom you may not meet. Your information may also be used to help train staff, to check the quality of our care, to manage and plan the health service, and to help with research. Wherever possible we use anonymous data.

We may pass on relevant information to other health organisations that provide you with care. All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it. If you have any concerns please ask your doctor, or the person caring for you.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about you. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.

If you or your carer needs information about your health and wellbeing and about your care and treatment in a different format, such as large print, braille or audio, due to disability, impairment or sensory loss, please advise a member of staff and this can be arranged.