This information is for patients who are having an operation in our main operating theatre.
Before your surgery
Your surgery will have been discussed with you at your outpatient appointment with your consultant or nurse.
What can I expect on the day of surgery?
Please give your name to the receptionist when you arrive. You will be asked to take a seat in the reception area. This is not a single sex area.
On the day of your surgery you will be taken into the admission room by one of our clinical nurses, where they will go through some of your medical history such as allergies and blood pressure. You will then be shown into the changing area and be given a hospital gown and dressing gown (some patients prefer to bring their own dressing gown). You will then take a seat in the waiting area before the nurse comes and escorts you into correct treatment room.
What to bring with you
- Any medication you are taking
- A dressing gown and slippers (even if you are not staying in hospital you will need these to go to theatre) - we can provide a gown if you don’t have one
- Though we try to avoid it, some patients may have to wait quite some time before going to theatre. Therefore, please bring something with you, such as a book or magazine to help pass the time.
Every effort is made to keep waiting to a minimum. However, it is not always possible to predict how long each individual procedure will take.
Each individual procedure is different. The surgeon and anaesthetist will explain to you what will happen during your surgery.
A team of highly trained doctors and nurses will be with you and monitor your care throughout and after the surgery. You will then be taken into the operating theatre for your operation.
Please note no other visitors are allowed to enter these areas. If you come with a relative or friend we have a waiting area for them if they wish to wait.
After your surgery
You will be taken back to the recovery area where the nursing staff will stay with you and give you the appropriate discharge information.