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Booking information for NHS patients having knee, foot and ankle surgery with Mr Parker.


Booking Process

If you are an NHS patient and require knee, foot or ankle surgery with Mr Parker, the Practice Manager will be in touch with you once NHS funding has been approved and there is an available date for your surgery. As an NHS patient, there are guidelines we have to follow regarding timings of your surgery and funding. You receive a letter from the hospital confirming the date and time for your admission. Closer to the date of your surgery, depending on your past medical history, the hospital will be in touch with you to arrange either a face to face, or a telephone pre-assessment appointment.


As an NHS patient you will only be offered a maximum of 2 possible surgery dates before being discharged back to your GP. 

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessment

As part of your pre-assessment appointment and/or admission, the nursing team will carry out a Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessment, and explain to you the reasons for carrying out this assessment. If for any reason this is not explained to you, please make the nursing staff aware. The risk assessment process categorises patients according to their individual risk of developing DVT and recommends the appropriate action for the medical practitioner to prescribe including medication mechanical devices to be administered to relevant patients during their hospital stay and for patients who remain at risk of developing a VTE after discharge from hospital. 

Before you go home, the nursing staff will confirm to you if Mr Parker wants to prescribe you any medication, and will provide you with a VTE discharge information leaflet. Please click here for further information.


Please ensure that you read the information on Covid-19 and surgery for The Priory Hospital, Birmingham, or Woodlands Hospital, Darlington. If you have any queries or concerns relating to Covid-19 vaccinations or Covid-19 requirements relating to your surgical procedure with Mr Parker, please call:

Postoperative Care Information

Whilst at your consultation please remember to discuss any queries specific to yourself regarding recovery time, returning to work, crutches, driving, flying etc. with Mr Parker. Postoperative knee, foot and ankle care information is not routinely provided with the booking letter sent to you by the hospital, but Mr Parker will be able to answer any queries you may have at your consultation. Please also see the knee injuries/foot and ankle injuries treatment pages. 

Sick Notes

If you require a sick note please make Mr Parker aware before you go down to theatre for your surgery. The Resident Medical Officer at the hospital will then give you the appropriate sick note on discharge from the hospital. If you forget to ask Mr Parker, please make the nursing staff aware before you are discharged from the hospital. If you require a further sick note, you should please request this via your GP, or if you have an upcoming follow-up consultation with Mr Parker then make him aware at your consultation.

Booking Process - NHS
Postoperative Care
Sick Notes
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