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Patient Initiated Follow up (PIFU)

Patient Initiated Follow ups for patients with long term conditions, or following hospital treatment, who are asked to meet with their clinical team regularly. PIFU puts the patient in control of their appointments.

Many patients with long-term conditions, or following hospital treatment, are asked to meet with their clinical team regularly. However, those follow-up appointments don’t always need to be at routine intervals, but just when the patient needs them.

That’s why we are putting you, the patient, in control of when you are seen by the service with “patient-initiated follow-up” appointments (PIFU for short). This type of appointment allows you to arrange a follow-up appointment for you, or someone you care for, only when you need it. This is an alternative to a routine follow-up appointment.

If PIFU is available and suitable for you, the healthcare professional responsible for your care will discuss this option with you and if you are happy, will add your name to the PIFU appointment list.

Please note that your care is, and always will be our top priority and this will not affect you in a detrimental way.

Booking an appointment is a quick and easy process. Just call 01925 662003 and a member of our booking team will arrange an appointment.

You should call if you experience a flare-up of your symptoms, if you think your condition has changed or if you are worried about your condition.

If you do not get in touch with us to book an appointment within the time specified by your Healthcare Professional next steps will be discussed based on your condition. This could be discharge back to GP, it could be an extended PIFU period, or a review might be required if  your condition requires regular monitoring as per national guidance.

If you require urgent medical advice, you should contact your GP, NHS 111, your local Walk-in centre or, if you are really unwell, your local Emergency Department (A&E).

Warrington Hospital

The Nightingale Building (formerly known as Halton Hospital)