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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

What to do on the day

Please read the guidance below and follow it closely to prevent delays or cancellation of your procedure.



  • Have a bath or shower before you arrive to minimise infection risks.
  • Remove make-up: coloured nail varnish can interfere with monitoring; mascara stings if it enters your eye whilst you are asleep.
  • Take-off jewellery: it can transmit electricity the surgeon uses to control bleeding which may result in a burn. You can wear a wedding ring which we will cover for the procedure.


  • Continue to take your regular medications with a sip of water unless specifically told not to.
  • If you are diabetic or taking anti-coagulants (blood thinners) you will receive additional information about these. Information is available on the document at the foot of this page.
  • Please bring any medication you are currently taking with you on the day in its original box. The hospital staff will take these from you and may use them during your stay. They will be returned to you on discharge if they are still required along with any medication you need to take home.
  • If you have any questions regarding your medication please phone the SEAL Unit on 0151 604 7143.

Eating and drinking

Fasting information for morning patients arriving at 7am

Do not eat after midnight. You may drink 50ml water per hour up to 06:00.

Do not eat sweets or chew gum.


Fasting information for afternoon patients arriving at 11am

You may have a light early breakfast before 06:00 and drink 50ml water per hour up to 11:00.

Do not eat sweets or chew gum.