Surgical Admissions Suite

The Surgical Admissions Suite caters for patients who are having elective (planned) surgery, and after the operation are expected to stay in hospital overnight or longer.

We aim to provide a personal and efficient service in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere within a dedicated suite.

SAS is found via Main Theatres Reception on the first floor of the Tower block. There is a lift to the first floor, or stairs.

What to bring

Clean dressing gown and slippers, toiletries.

Medications, inhalers and a list of what you have, the doses and when you take them – all in their original packages.

Please leave at home any valuables, large amounts of cash, credit cards, valuable electronic items.

Taking your usual medication on the day of admission:

Please take all of your normal morning medication prior to admission unless you have been advised by the hospital to stop taking a specific medication.

The nurses in SAS will collect your medications for safekeeping.

What to expect when you are admitted to the suite

On the day of your surgery, your letter will have informed you what time to arrive.

On arrival you or your relatives will be given written information about the ward you will be going to post-operatively, contact numbers and visiting times.  Please note, due to restriction of space, relatives may only stay for a period of 20 minutes to settle in.

The nurses will check your general health and your consultant and anaesthetist will visit you on the suite prior to your operation.  You may be asked to give a blood sample or other specimen for testing.

Please be aware that once you have been admitted to the unit, you are expected to remain there as you may be called to theatre at any moment, or may required for further tests.

Fasting:

Please take your regular medication unless you have been advised to stop taking it by the hospital.

Admission at 7.15am - Please arrive having eaten nothing after midnight.  You are strongly advised to drink water but only until 7am, then nothing further by mouth.  Do not have tea, coffee or other drinks, do not chew gum or suck sweets/mints.

Admission for 11am - Please arrive having eaten nothing six hours prior to arrival.   You should drink water only until 9am, then nothing further by mouth.  Do not have tea, coffee or other drinks, do not chew gum or suck sweets/mints.

Admission for 12.15pm - Please arrive having eaten nothing six hours prior to arrival.   You should drink water only until 10.15am, then nothing further by mouth.  Do not have tea, coffee or other drinks, do not chew gum or suck sweets/mints.

Admission for 3pm - Please arrive having eaten nothing six hours prior to arrival.   You should drink water only until 1pm, then nothing further by mouth.  Do not have tea, coffee or other drinks, do not chew gum or suck sweets/mints.

Personal hygiene:

Please ensure that you have a bath, shower or thorough wash before arriving and wash your hair.

It is particularly important that the area of your body which is to be operated on is clean.

The surgical admission suite is not a ward; there is no mobility equipment or beds in our area.  While we may be able to assist you to the Theatre Suite by wheelchair, you would normally walk if you are able.  Patients are expected to be independent in their activities of daily living.

Taking care of your belongings:

While you are having your operation, your belongings will be taken to the ward.  The ward nurse will sign for your belongings, but contents are not checked.

Contact us

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

Our telephone number: 0300 422 8285/0300 422 6447

Please be aware that the Trust is now a smoke free site. 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.