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The Day of Surgery

Your admission letter will detail the time and location of your operation; this can take place at either Arrowe Park Hospital or Clatterbridge Hospital.

Bathe or shower prior to attending.

You may wait for some time from your arrival to when you are taken to theatre, this is because you will need to be seen by a number of staff including nursing staff, your anaesthetist and a member of the surgical team. We will endeavour to keep you up to date about expected waiting times.

Admissions to Arrowe Park Hospital

  • Your day will start in the Surgical Elective Admissions Lounge (SEAL). This can be found at the back of the hospital. If you are accessing SEAL by car, please follow the directional signage to the rear of the hospital. We have a drop off point at SEAL but there is no parking. There is limited space in the reception area so we would ask that friends and relatives drop patients off at SEAL and then leave.
  • Your admission letter will state what time you should arrive in the lounge, this will be either 7am or 11am.
  • On arrival please report to the reception desk.
  • Your details will be checked before you take a seat in the main reception area.
  • After you have registered you will be seen by a member of the nursing staff, please use this opportunity to ask any outstanding questions you may have about your operation.
  • You will wait in a dedicated male or female lounge. There will be a member of the nursing staff on hand to deal with any questions or queries.
  • If you have brought any belongings with you, these will be labelled by the lounge staff and taken to the ward where you will be taken following your operation.

Admissions to Clatterbridge Hospital

  • Your admission letter will state where you should report to and the time you should arrive.
  • After you have registered, you will wait in the reception area until you are taken into the day unit or ward.
  • You will be seen by a member of the nursing staff, please use this opportunity to ask any outstanding questions you may have about your operation.
  • Your belongings will stay with you until you are ready to go to theatre and will be kept securely until you have returned from theatre.

Day Case Admissions
If you are a day case you must arrange for someone to escort you home and stay with you for 24 hours. Your escort will be contacted by day ward staff and advised when to collect you after your operation.

Relatives/friends of day case patients will not be able to wait on the day ward and there is no visiting.

Anaesthetic drugs remain in the body for 24 hours and gradually wear off during this time therefore your natural reactions which ensure your safety will not be as quick as usual.

Instructions to follow:

  • Do not drive a car or ride a bicycle for 24 hours
  • Do not operate moving machinery or do anything that requires skill or judgement for 24 hours
  • Do not make important decisions or sign important documents for 24 hours
  • Do not take sleeping tablets the first night after your operation
  • Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours
  • Observe special precautions and instructions given to you on discharge
  • Do not lock the bathroom door or make yourself inaccessible to the person looking after you
  • Make sure you have access to a telephone
  • You must not leave the Unit until you have been discharged by the nurse and accompanied home by a responsible adult.