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Waiting for hospital treatment? While You Wait has information and advice to help you manage your physical and mental wellbeing.

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While You Wait now has additional information to support people waiting for treatment under orthopaedics, gastroenterology and children’s services.

If you’re waiting for any of the following procedures listed below, you’ll find information about what to expect and what you can do during your waiting time to prepare and get the best possible outcome from your treatment.



You will also find information on what to do if your health is deteriorating including signs and symptoms to look out for that may indicate you need to seek medical help.



  • Knee replacement
  • Knee ligamentwhile you wait
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Hip replacement
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Carpal Tunnel

If you are waiting for any of these procedures click here to find more information and advice.



  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • CT colonography
  • FibroScan

If you are waiting for any of these procedures click here for more information and advice


Children’s surgery

If your child is waiting for treatment click here to find more information about the following

  • Managing common childhood illnesses
  • Managing pain
  • Mental health
  • Preparing for admission
  • Sepsis
  • Children’s urology services
  • Children’s dental services


Go to the While You Wait website

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