Here are some frequently asked questions about what happens when people attend Sandyford Services.
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When you arrive you will be welcomed by a receptionist who will hand you a numbered card, a pack that includes information on the service provided, a confidentiality document explaining what happens to your personal information, and a registration form. The receptionist will ask you to take a seat until it is your turn to be registered. You can let the receptionist know if you need help with filling out the registration form. Please complete as much of this as you can.
We do our best to ensure that you will be seen as close to the appointment time you have been given. Unfortunately there are occasions where that might not happen. If you attend for an appointment and have waited 30 minutes and have not been called, please notify a member of reception who will be able to find out what is happening for you. As we have more than one clinic running at a time, you may be taken after a person who arrived later than you.
We know that there are occasions when patients may be late for their appointment. If you arrive late for your appointment we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honour the full length of your original appointment. When you arrive late for your appointment the receptionist will arrange for a member of the clinical team to come and speak to you. You may have to wait until someone is available. If you are more than 20 minutes late then it is possible we will not be able to see you and an alternative appointment will be arranged for you.
Most of our services are staffed by a team of clinicians, who might be doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, counsellors or psychologists, depending on the service. All our staff will introduce themselves to you when you are called into the clinical room.
If you have a preference to see a particular gender of clinician please let us know when you are booking your appointment. We will try to honour that request whenever we can but cannot guarantee it.
Sandyford staff may ask personal and sensitive questions so that they can manage your care effectively during your visit. Staff are not there to judge you. Anything you say will be kept confidential, unless you are being referred to another service with your permission, or in very rare situations if the staff need to share information for your own protection. What you tell our staff isn't going to shock or embarrass them, but you need to be honest so that they know how best to treat, support or advise you.
We will hold an electronic record of your visit that is confidential to Sandyford services. It will only be shared with your GP or other services if you give permission.
You may need to provide a urine or blood sample. Some tests require swabs to be taken from your genitals and, depending on what type of sex you have had, from your throat and rectum. This can be a little uncomfortable but the clinical staff are experts at doing these tests so you are in good hands. Some tests may require the doctor to look at your genitals. If you are more comfortable with a doctor of the same gender please let us know when you are booking your appointment.
At Sandyford we do not have crèche facilities and staff members cannot be responsible for your child while you are in the clinic. If you do need to attend with your child please bring another adult with you to care for them in the waiting area while you are in the clinic. Otherwise, you will be asked to return without your children.