This is a great question! You can expect to be seen within 10 minutes of your appointment slot.
At present with COVID-19 restrictions, hospitals are limiting numbers to patients and one parent/carer/guardian. The first thing will be a quick and focussed history.
I try to speak to both patient and adult at the same time. Sometimes, you will see me clicking away on the computer keyboard, as patient files are generally digital now instead of the old paper chart.
There are some toys in the room for kids if they get bored. The physical exam is quick, and not at all painful. Your parent/carer/guardian and/or our nurse specialist will be present for this. Sometimes, I use a bladder scanner to measure how much urine is in the bladder.
This involves a little bit of cold gel on top of the
tummy. Most kids tell me it’s a little ticklish. Once we come up with a diagnosis, we then speak about how to manage it.
If a decision is made to go for surgery, then I will take care of all the paperwork
and you do not need to do anything. If the plan is to address wetting/constipation/infections, then I will be giving out patient education leaflets, and advice sheets, as well as some homework in the form
of diaries! It’s really important to fill these out at home as they are part of the treatment plan.
I want you to be completely clear with your management plan before you leave the clinic.