Day Of Surgery

What to Bring

Day Surgery We suggest you wear something loose fitting that will be easy to put on after your surgery and comfortable for your journey home. Sleepwear will not be required. We recommend you leave your jewellery at home as this cannot be worn to theatre.

Overnight Stay You will need comfortable sleepwear, a dressing gown, slippers and your personal toiletries. We are happy to look after your personal items such as glasses, hearing aids or dentures but recommend that you leave other valuables at home. You may wish to bring reading material or other leisure activities.

It's important that you bring the following with you

  • current documentation from doctors, consultants or other hospitals relating to this hospital visit
  • test results, scans or x-rays
  • medicines or prescriptions,
  • herbal remedies or supplements you are currently taking (in their original container or packaging)
  • letter from insurance company with prior approval and any insurance excess information
  • anaesthetic information sheet
Day of surgery
In most cases you will not be allowed anything to eat or drink for several hours prior to surgery - this includes, chewing gum and mints.  'Nil by mouth’ instructions may be explained when you are telephoned with your admission time and date.  It may also be detailed on your admission text or email notification.  If you are uncertain please call us.
You should shower, wash your hair and remove any make-up or jewellery prior to admission.  Please do not use body moisturisers after showering as it interferes with skin preparation procedures.

If the patient is delayed for any reason please notify the hospital as soon as possible.

On admission
Please report to the main reception on arrival where your details will be checked and you will directed to the patient lounge.  A nurse will be on hand to plan your care and answer any questions.

Once you are in your gown and prepared for surgery, you will wait in a bed in our pre-op area, generally for about an hour before surgery.  A family member or support person is welcome to remain with you until you go through to theatre.

The surgeon, anaesthetist and theatre nurse will carry out final checking procedures prior to surgery.
day of surgery at grace hospital