Pre-Admission to Hospital
Going into hospital can be a worrying experience, especially for those going in for the first time either as a day patient or an in-patient. The details below may help you to understand the procedures involved and minimise any concerns.
Information for elective surgical patients being admitted
Protecting yourself before surgery
If pre-operative investigations are required, they will generally be carried out by a nurse at the Medical Specialist Group. These may include a blood test, urine test, MRSA swabs (skin swabs of your nose and groin), vitalograph (breathing test) or an ECG.
You will also be given an appointment with an anaesthetist and you should bring a list of your medications to this appointment.
Admission to hospital
You will receive written information on your time and date of admission to hospital and whether or not you should eat and/or drink prior to admission.
Some patients having a local anaesthetic can eat and drink on the day of the operation. Patients having a general anaesthetic are usually fasted and you will be instructed when you have to stop eating and drinking.
Your Medical Specialist Group consultant will advise you whether or not you should take your usual medication on your operation day.
It is recommended that valuables are left at home, but a wedding ring may be worn. Make up, nail varnish and false nails (artificial) should not be worn as it is important for medical staff to see your natural colour following treatment.
Day Patient Care
You will receive written information on the time & date of your Day Patient Unit appointment and should report to the DPU at the PEH accordingly.
On arrival, a theatre gown will be supplied. It may be useful to bring a pair of slippers and a dressing gown. Lockers are provided for your belongings.
After surgery patients need a peaceful environment to aid their recovery and so visitors to the DPU are not encouraged. It is advised that following a general anaesthetic or sedation you should not drive, drink alcohol or operate machinery for at least 24 hours.
People vary and it is not unusual for some patients to feel tired for several days. For this reason, you should arrange to be driven home by a relative or friend and not be left alone for the first 24 hours after the procedure.
To find out when a patient is ready to be discharged, the contact number for the DPU is 725241 ext 4493.
Admission to a ward
If you need more than a day in hospital, you will be admitted to a ward; you are advised to take with you two nightdresses/pyjamas, a dressing gown, slippers, toiletries, towels, books and magazines.
On arrival you should report to the Porters’ Lodge, where you will be directed to your ward. On the ward you will be introduced to the nursing staff responsible for your care and a nurse will assist you with the completion of the necessary admission documents and complete a “care plan” to meet your individual needs.
You should take with you supplies of any medication you are taking on a regular basis, with the correct dosages printed on the packaging.
Following your operation you will be visited by a Consultant and/or other members of the medical team to ensure that your recovery is progressing well.