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Preparing for your stay

On the day that you are due to come in to hospital please phone the hospital before you set out from home to check that a bed is available for you. The telephone number will be on your admission letter.

Bring your admission letter with you, it will tell you where to go when you arrive.

If you get a cough or cold and are not sure whether you should come in, phone the admissions office or ward for advice.

When you arrive at hospital to be admitted, go straight to your ward. If you need anything please speak to a member of staff on your ward. If you have any questions or concerns write them down and bring them with you, to help remind you when you are in hospital.

A relative or friend can come with you to the hospital. They can stay with you while you are admitted. We recommend that if you are a day patient and having any form of sedation that you arrange for someone to take you home.

We hope your stay with us will be as comfortable as possible and will do everything we can to see that you have everything you need.

  • Arrange for a friend or relative to collect you in a car or taxi, and to stay at home with you for at least 24 hours after your operation. We do not advise the use of public transport
  • It is unwise to smoke or to drink alcohol for at least two days before your anaesthetic 
  • Remember not to eat or drink before your operation if told not to 
  • Please bath or shower on the morning of your operation 
  • Remove all make-up, nail varnish and jewellery. If you wear contact lenses, these will have to be removed prior to the operation 
  • Please do not bring anything of value with you

Related links:

Red Cross therapeutic care service - hand, neck and shoulder massage, given through clothing. Offered in hospitals, hospices, GP surgeries, community meeting places or at home