Please let us know in good time if you will be unable to attend for your appointment.
Please contact the telephone number shown on your appointment card/letter.
This will allow us to arrange a further appointment for you and to ask someone else to attend in your place.
Preparing for Admission
Please follow any specific instructions given to you prior to your admission, for example:
- Date and time of your admission.
- Fasting instructions (eating and drinking instructions before your procedure).
- Instructions about special diets.
- Instructions about medications (please bring your current medications with you).
- Please shower or bathe the morning of admission and remove all make-up and nail polish.
- Please bring toiletries/slippers/dressing gown where needed.
- Do not bring money, jewellery or other valuables with you. The hospital cannot be responsible if you lose any of your belongings.
- Please refrain from smoking 24 hours prior to your procedure.
- Following a general anaesthetic or sedation, you will need to be accompanied home by a responsible adult.
- Please make suitable arrangements; public transport is not appropriate.
- If you use a taxi, the cost will be met by yourself and you will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Travelling by Ambulance - If you think you may be eligible for ambulance transport please contact the Patient Ambulance Booking Service which is provided by the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Contact the service within four weeks, but no later than 48 hours, prior to your appointment date on 0300 123 1236.
Lines are open 9am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
An advisor will ask you a series of questions to determine your ambulance transport requirements, please have your letter or card handy when you call.
For more information please read the Are you eligible for ambulance transport?
leaflet. This leaflet is also available in other formats on the Scottish Ambulance Service website
Where is the Day Surgery Unit?
- The Day Surgery Unit is located in the grounds of Monklands Hospital.
- You should enter the Unit via the Day Surgery main entrance which is adjacent to the Accident and Emergency entrance.
- We have an intercom system in place; please press the buzzer for entry into the Unit.
- Please arrive at the Unit at the time requested and report to the reception area.
- Remember to bring your appointment card/letter with you.
- We will ask you for some personal details as well as details of your next of kin.
- If you are having a general anaesthetic or sedation, we will also ask you for information about your health and medicines.
- You will not go to theatre immediately upon your arrival to the Unit.
- Time will be allowed to prepare you for your procedure and your blood pressure, pulse and temperature may be monitored.
- A doctor and/or an anaesthetist may also see you.
- The length of your stay will vary depending on the theatre lists and the type of anaesthetic you have.
- It is also important to remember that, although your admission time may be early morning, you may not go to theatre until later that morning depending upon where you are on the theatre list.
- The same applies to afternoon appointments.
- We would recommend that the person accompanying you goes home and we will advise them as to when to phone or return to the Unit to collect you.