- Don’t drive to the Day Surgery Centre - arrange for someone (or a taxi) to drop you off and pick you up.
- Remember not to eat and drink before your operation if you have been told not to. If you’re not sure, please contact us on 01709 304565
- Don’t chew gum or suck sweets six hours before your surgery
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol 24 hours before your operation
- Do have a bath or shower on the morning of your operation
- Leave all valuables at home and remove all jewellery. If you wear contact lenses, please bring a container so that you can take them out before your operation.
- Remove all nail varnish and make-up.
- If you wear false nails, please remove these from both of your little fingers.
- Bring a dressing gown and slippers with you.
- Wear loose fitting clothes, they’ll be more comfortable.
- If you are taking any regular medication, please bring that with you.
On the day of your surgery
When you arrive at the Day Surgery Centre, report to reception, where your details will be checked. You’ll then be called by a nurse who will admit and prepare you for theatre. Please note that family and friends are not permitted into this area.
The nurse will check the information from your Pre-Operative assessment with you for any changes. Please let the nurse know if you have any changes or concerns.
You will then need to dress in a theatre gown, with your dressing gown and slippers over the top. Your surgeon and anaesthetist will then see you and you may also see the physiotherapist if needed.
After your operation, you’ll be transferred to the Recovery area. If you had a General Anaesthetic you’ll be monitored within the recovery area and will be discharged when you have recovered and have had a light meal, usually sandwiches or toast. You can expect to be in the recovery area for at least two hours.
Your relative or friend who has come to pick you up will be asked to be present at your discharge to make sure that you have all the information you need. If this will make you feel uncomfortable, please discuss this with one of the nurses.
For most patients we’ll call you the morning after your surgery to make sure that you’re recovering well and have understood all of your discharge information.
If you need any more information about your visit to the Day Surgery Centre, please contact our pre-assessment nurses(see contact details on the right).