Gloucestershire Royal Hospital


Level 1, Main Block, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

The Mayhill unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital cares for patients who come in for day surgery.

The unit is located in the main corridor concourse, above the pharmacy. You can use the lift to the right of the stairway to get to the Mayhill unit.

What to expect

Your appointment letter will confirm what time you should arrive at the unit on the day of your surgery.

The nurses will check your general health, and your consultant and anaesthetist will visit you before you before your surgery. You may also need to give a blood sample or have other tests.


If you need a sick note to be prepared before you go home, speak to one of the nurses when you get to the unit.

Preparing for your surgery

Keep taking your regular medication on the lead up to your surgery, unless you have been advised to stop taking it by the hospital.

You should have a bath or shower before arriving on the unit, and wash your hair. It’s particularly important that the area of your body due to be operated on is clean, as this reduces the risk of infection.

You will receive details of fasting before your surgery. Once you are unable to have anything by mouth, you should not:

  • drink tea, coffee, or other drinks
  • chew gum
  • suck mints or sweets

What to bring

When you come to the Mayhill unit, you should bring:

  • a dressing gown
  • slippers
  • toiletries
  • comfortable clothes to travel home in
  • medicine, including a list of what you are taking and your dosage

You should leave valuables at home, along with large amounts of cash, credit cards, and valuable portable devices.

Your other belongings will be taken to the ward while you have your surgery. Please let us know if there is anything that needs to be locked away.

Going home

Before you can go home, you will be given instructions and contact numbers in case you have any problems after your surgery.

You will also need to arrange for someone to stay at home with you until the morning after you have had your surgery.

You will also get a follow up outpatient’s appointment, along with advice on:

  • rest
  • diet
  • activity
  • pain control
  • dressings
  • wound care

We will not be able to send you home by yourself if you have had a general anaesthetic.