After your operation/procedure you will spend a period of time in the recovery area. We will offer you some light refreshment prior to you going home.
If you have had a general anaesthetic you may have to remain for most of the day.
If you have had sedation, please be prepared to remain in the Unit most of the morning or afternoon, depending on your admission time.
If you have had your procedure carried out under a local anaesthetic, we may well ask you to wait in the unit for a period of time afterwards to ensure that you are well enough to go home.
You may go home with your escort once you have suitably recovered.
The person who is collecting you should telephone the Unit to find out when you will be ready to go home.
The Day Surgery Unit can be contacted on: 01236 712664
After a general anaesthetic or having sedation:
- You must not drive a vehicle for 24 hours.
- You must ensure a responsible person escorts you home.
- You must have a responsible person to care for you for 24 hours.
- You must not drink alcohol for 24 hours.
- You must not operate moving machinery or electrical equipment for 24 hours.
- You should not sign any legal document for 24 hours.
- You must not be alone in charge of a baby or young child for 24 hours.
After a local anaesthetic
- It may not be necessary for you to be accompanied home. However, if your mobility is reduced you may wish to make suitable arrangements.
After you return home
- If you require a visit from the district nurse, we will arrange this before you leave the Unit.
- We will give you written as well as verbal information/advice regarding your aftercare.
- If you receive any medications to take home, we will provide you with instructions on how to use them.
In the event of a problem once you are home, please contact your GP or if it is outwith normal working hours, contact NHS 24 on 08454 242424.