When you arrive, our staff will help prepare you for your surgery.
You will usually be asked arrive at Surgical Admissions several hours before your operation is scheduled. This allows the staff time to ensure all of your paper work is completed and correct. In the unlikely event we need to perform emergency surgery on another patient or the operation before yours takes longer than expected, your operation may be delayed or may need to be postponed to another date.
Your safety is our highest priority, so we will not start your operation unless we have ample time, equipment and appropriately skilled staff available. We appreciate that having your operation delayed or postponed is frustrating, as you will likely be struggling with a disability and have made many arrangements.
Once you have checked in at reception, you will be asked to fill in a personal information form. A surgeon and anaesthetist will usually come and see you, and will give you a request and consent form to read and sign. A nurse will then use a checklist to ensure you are well prepared and will be available for any further questions.
If you or your child are female between the ages of 11 to 60 we will ask if there is any chance you could be pregnant, and when your last menstrual period was. If there is any doubt we will ask you to provide a urine sample so we can check. After this we will ask that you wait in the lounge area until you are called to go into the operating theatre.
In the operating theatre
Once we are ready to bring you into the theatre, you will be changed into a gown, paper underpants, socks and hat, and a warm dressing gown. If you are comfortable walking, a nurse will escort you into the operating theatre. Please let the nurses know if you would prefer to be wheeled in on a bed or wheelchair.
There will be a lot of staff in the theatre who all have different jobs to do. Once you are on the operating table, the staff in the theatre will perform some safety procedures which will involve asking you your name and date of birth, what operation is planned, if all the needed equipment is present, and if blood for transfusion or breathing difficulty is expected. While many of these questions may have already been asked before you enter the theatre, we ask them again as a final check for your safety.
Do not be alarmed that you will be asked a lot of the same questions by several different staff, this is to ensure your safety.
Once safety checks are complete, you will be given an anaesthetic and we will perform the surgery.