St Thomas' Hospital
Oncology outpatient clinic
Lower ground floor, Lambeth Wing
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Tel: 020 7188 1460
Oncology outpatient department
Ground floor, Tabard Annexe
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT
Reception: 020 7188 3756
Nurses' station: 020 7188 3750
We hold clinics at both hospitals. Please check where you need to go for your appointment. This will be on your appointment letter. Depending on your symptoms, you may be seen in one of the clinics above or a cancer-specific clinic at either hospital.
About your appointment
Preparing for your appointment
Please bring your appointment letter and a list of your current medications. This should include prescriptions from your doctor or other specialist, any alternative or herbal remedies and anything you have bought over the counter
Please do not bring valuables or large sums of money with you.
Allow at least 2 hours for your appointment.
What to wear - we advise women to wear trousers or a skirt if you may need an examination, rather than a dress. If you need an intimate examination, a member of staff will accompany you.
You may want to:
write down any questions and bring them with you, so you don't forget
bring a relative or friend with you
bring something with you to keep you occupied, such as a book
At your appointment
We aim to see you based on your appointment time. If you are early or there are delays, please be patient. We often run several clinics at the same time,
You will see your consultant or one of his/her team and you may see more than one person.
If a patient would like any more information, attached to the clinics there are the Dimbleby drop-in centres. Just call in there and staff can provide a wealth of information on a variety of topics.
Departments you may visit
We may ask you to visit departments such as radiology, for x-rays or scans, or you may have procedures in the day surgery unit. If you're not sure where to go, please ask us and we will direct you.
Most patients will have their treatment as an outpatient. Sometimes you may need to stay in hospital, for example following surgery.
Decisions about your care
Because the team caring for you are experts in different fields of medical care, they are known as a multi-disciplinary team or MDT. Every patient diagnosed with cancer will be discussed by the team. They will review all aspects of your care and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. A member of the team will discuss this with you. You will be given written information to read at home and time to think about your options. You will then be seen in clinic again to make a final decision on your treatment.
You will not always see the same member of the team.