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Accessing the Service

To have a procedure performed aboard the Mobile Surgical Unit you will first need to be referred to a specialist by your GP. When you see the specialist, discuss with them if the 'surgical bus' can be available for you to have your treatment and, if appropriate, they will put your name on the DHB waiting list.

From there, it is a matter of waiting until that specialist is working on the Bus and your case is at the top of the list. Often the specialist will be able to give you an expected date when they see you at their clinic.


Waiting times

You may not get faster access to surgery than if you have it performed at the base hospital, but will get guaranteed 'set date' surgery and be comfortable in the knowledge that it will take place close to home.

Once selected for day surgery, pre-admission usually takes place up to five weeks before the scheduled surgery, either when the 'bus' is in your locality on the previous cycle or through the base hospital system.