Day Of Surgery

Nurse Practitioners

Grace Hospital employs Nurse Practitioners to provide advanced care for patients having surgery and support our nursing and medical team. Nurse practitioners have advanced education, clinical training and the demonstrated competence and legal authority to practise beyond the level of a registered nurse. Nurse Practitioners are able to provide comprehensive assessment, treatment interventions, order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests and prescribe medicines.

A Nurse Practitioner may visit you during your stay at Grace to check your progress. They are able to manage chronic conditions, common and acute post-operative issues to optimise your care and recovery. The Nurse Practitioner works collaboratively with your Surgeon, Anaesthetist and Nursing team.

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