On Admission

reception staff member at a desk with some patient notes

Admission to the unit

When you arrive, the receptionist will confirm your name and address and then you will be asked to wait in the reception area.

The Nurse will then call you through to a private room where you operation details will be confirmed and your blood pressure will be recorded. If you are having a general anaesthetic the nurse will also check that you have made arrangements for a responsible adult to escort you home and stay with your overnight. If you have not made these arrangements your surgery may need to be postponed.

To ensure your safety, you will be seen by the Anaesthetist who will discuss your anaesthetic with you and the surgeon who will confirm your consent for your operation.

Your length of stay on the unit will depend on your admission time, type of surgery and how long it takes you to recover from your surgery.

Please be aware that you may need to stay on the unit for half a day if your operation is under local anaesthetic or the full day if you are having a general anaesthetic.

The Admission Nurse will be able to give you more advice on your admission.