University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Outpatient clinics

Clinics are held throughout the week, led by either a consultant or an advanced nurse practitioner.

They are held in the children’s orthopaedic outpatient department at Southampton General Hospital. In addition, outreach clinics are run in Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Chichester, Guernsey, Jersey and Poole General Hospital.

If you wish to change or cancel your appointment please contact the children’s outpatient department on 023 8120 4053 or 023 8120 4075. 

What to bring

Please bring your child's appointment letter with you.

If any part of their lower limb (hip, knee, ankle or foot) is to be examined, also bring a pair of shorts for your child to change into.


On your arrival to the children's orthopaedic outpatient department, please check in at reception and confirm your details (your address and telephone number).

Waiting time

It is advisable to allow enough time for your visit that can be anything from half an hour to two hours or possibly longer, as your visit may involve going to other departments such as the x-ray department. Please also be aware that some patients may require a longer appointment time.

We will do our best to make sure you are seen on or as near as possible to your booked appointment time. Sometimes clinics can fall behind schedule. Should this happen, the clinic staff will do their best to keep you informed.

During the consultation

Questions are welcomed at all times from you and/or your child.


Your child may need to have an x-ray to confirm a diagnosis, or a blood test to establish whether there is any ongoing infection, or other types of scan such as a CT scan, MRI scan or bone scan. 

Your child may also be referred for further treatments such as physiotherapy.

Your child's injury or condition could also mean that they may have to come in for an operation or be admitted for intensive treatment.

Your consultant may feel that it is necessary to refer you onto another consultant who is specialised in treating your your child's injury/condition.