It is important to plan carefully to make sure that the day case care goes smoothly.
You may be asked to attend a pre-operative assessment clinic. A nurse will discuss details of your operation with you and may arrange for you to have a blood test or x-ray. You can also discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
You will receive information about your admission to the day care unit from the hospital's admission department. Please confirm that you will be able to attend, otherwise your bed may be allocated to another patient. Please also tell your GP the date of the operation.
Please inform your consultant's secretary as soon as possible if you:
- Develop a cold, sore throat or other illness.
- Know you are pregnant or think you might be.
- Will be unable to come in for any other reason.
Eating and drinking
If you will be having a general anaesthetic or sedation, it is important that you do not eat or drink for six hours before you come into hospital. You must not eat sweets or chew gum. These instructions are for your own safety and if you fail to follow them, your operation may be cancelled. Do not smoke for 24 hours before your appointment.
If you will be having an operation for varicose veins or a hernia repair, please ask at the pre-admission clinic for advice about the area to shave.
Please bath or shower on the morning of your operation.