Day Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
What can you expect on the day of surgery?
On your day of surgery, you need to book in with the receptionist and then you will be directed to the conservatory where a nurse will come and collect you and prepare you for your surgery.
On admission, the nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse and temperature and ask you to change into a theatre gown.
You will see your consultant and an anaesthetist if required and this is the time to ask any questions you may still have.
When it is your time to go to theatre, a member of the theatre team will speak to you and ask you some questions about your health and any allergies you may have and the team will then walk you through to the anaesthetic room to prepare you before the operation is carried out.
What happens after the operation?
After your operation you will wake up in the recovery area and then return to the Day Unit where the nurse will monitor you and prepare you for your discharge.
You must ensure that there is a responsible adult to collect you and be with you for 24 hours post operatively. It is unacceptable for you to go home in a taxi by yourself and it is your responsibility to arrange suitable care and transport.
Post operatively the nurse will provide refreshments. Please advise the nurse on admission if you have specific dietary requirements and you are encouraged to eat and drink post operatively as this enhances recovery.
There is a Ward Nurse available 24 hours at day at the hospital who you can contact if you experience any problems once you have returned home.
What do you need to bring with you?
It’s important that you come prepared for your day surgery visit and we will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during your time on the unit.
Please bring your dressing gown and slippers. A urine sample maybe required on admission and if an infection is detected we may have to delay your surgery. Please ensure you tell our team if you have been feeling unwell prior to your admission because your safety is our priority at all times.
Also please bring a copy of an up to date prescription or your regular medications in their original packaging and do not bring any controlled drugs into the hospital. If you wear contact lenses these will need to be removed for surgery.
Don’t forget to bring any reading material or puzzle books with you and tablets as we have free wifi available via the Cloud. You may have your mobile phone with you but please ensure this is on silent so it doesn’t disturb other patients.
Find out more
Call us on 01785 223203 to find out more about our Day Surgery Unit or use the online contact form