Day Surgery

Day Surgery Unit

 

The Day Surgery Unit caters for the any patients who can now come into hospital, have their operation and go home the same day.

We aim to provide a personal and efficient service in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere within a purpose built unit.

The Day Surgery Unit is located in the main corridor from the concourse, and is situated above Pharmacy. There is a lift to the right hand side of the stairway.

What to Expect When You are Admitted to Our Ward

Not all patients can have day case surgery. It depends on what operation you need. Almost half of all surgical procedures can be carried out on a day-stay basis.

You will be asked to attend a Pre-assessment prior to a decision being made on your suitability for day surgery. At this pre-assessment a nurse will perform various tests and will also require information from you. Once this has all been gathered and results are available then a decision will be made.

On the day of your surgery you will be informed what time you need to arrive. The nurses will again check your general health and your Consultant and Anaesthetist will visit you on the ward prior to your operation.

Mealtimes and Catering

Fosters Restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Tower Block next to the lifts. 

Going home

As you cannot drive yourself after any procedure performed under sedation or general anaesthetic, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home.

You should also arrange for someone to stay at home with you until the following morning after your operation. You will receive instructions, together with contact numbers in case any problems occur following discharge.

You will receive advice on rest, diet, activity, pain control, dressings and any necessary stitch removal and an outpatient’s appointment.

Our staff

A variety of people will be responsible for your care whilst in hospital. Some of the staff you may come in contact with while on the Day Surgery Unit are: -

Consultants

 

 

Sister: - Navy blue dress / tunic / trousers.

Staff Nurse: - Blue and white striped dress / tunic and navy trousers.

Male Staff Nurse: - Navy trousers, white tunic with blue epaulets.

Student Nurse: - Pale Blue

Nursing Auxiliaries / Health Care Assistants: - Green / white striped uniform.

Housekeeping Staff: - Pink / white striped dress / tunic and trousers.

 

Cleanliness and infections in hospital

Some people are admitted to hospital with infections that require them to be cared for away from other patients to prevent the spread of that particular infection. Please follow the instructions given to you by staff.

You will be nursed in a single room; the door may need to remain closed, depending on the nature of your infection. Please pay particular attention to hand washing and general cleanliness at all times, especially when leaving the room.

If you have been in contact with chickenpox, measles or mumps within 3 weeks of your admittance to hospital, please inform a member of staff.

We ask that visitors suffering from minor infections such as a cold avoid visiting if possible, for their sake as well as the patients. We do not recommend babies being brought in to visit, again for their own protection.

Hand washing. The most common means by which infection is transmitted is by hand, therefore handwashing is a very basic, yet vital infection control measure. Alcohol hand gel is kept at the entrance of the ward and at each bedside for all the visitors to use before and after visiting. For hygienic hand disinfection apply 3ml (3 shots) to physically clean hands for 30 seconds ensuring all areas are covered, until dry.

Visitors are requested not to sit on patients beds, this is to help minimise the risk of spread of infection and for other health and safety reasons. For more information on Cleanliness and Infections click here.

 

How to Contact the Ward

You and your family will be informed of the best time to telephone for news following your surgery.

Or Telephone Switchboard on 0300 422 2222 and ask for the Ward

Please be aware that the Trust is now a smoke free NHS. Smoking is not permitted in any building or within the grounds of any of our sites. Information and support is available to any patients who wish to stop smoking. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is available to help reduce your cravings during your stay.