Coming into hospital
Everyone is different and how you prepare for your stay will depend upon the treatment or operation you require. We will send you written information specific to your operation, treatment or investigation when we confirm your admission details.
As a rule, you should not drink alcohol the day before your visit and, if you are a smoker, you should try to give up or cut down as much as you can, especially if you will be having a general anaesthetic.
If you get a cold, sore throat or any other illness, please tell us straight away, as your admission may need to be re-scheduled.
On arrival you will be met by your care team and made comfortable. Your consultant will go through your treatment plan with you and answer your questions.
You will need to bring:
- dressing gown
- nightdress or pyjamas
- any current medication
You may also like to bring:
- books, magazines or e-reader
- mobile phone, i-Pad, laptop etc
- photos of loved ones
Please do not bring valuable jewellery or large amounts of money.
If you have any concerns or queries about what to bring, please call us at any time.
We will let you know the approximate time that you'll be ready to leave the hospital, so that you can make arrangements for a friend or family member to accompany you home.
Your consultant will give you any special instructions that you need to follow at home, and arrange any follow-up appointments or treatment. If you need any medication to help your recovery, these will be given to you before you go home.
If possible, you may want to arrange for someone to look after you for a day or two following your treatment.
When you're back at home, you should:
- relax and rest as much as possible
- take any drugs exactly as your consultant has prescribed
- follow your discharge advice exactly as prescribed - this will include details on what to eat and when you can begin activities again such as driving and lifting heavy shopping