Hospital

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Visiting Times

9am - 9pm

Contact

0300 422 6752

Level 1, Main Block, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

The Day Surgery Unit cares for patients who come into hospital, have their operation and go home the same day or following morning.

The Day Surgery Unit is located in the main corridor from the concourse, and is situated above the Pharmacy department. There is a lift to the right hand side of the stairway.

What to bring

Clean dressing gown and slippers, toiletries.

Medications, inhalers and a list of what you have, the doses and when you take them – all in their original packages.

Please leave at home any valuables, large amounts of cash, credit cards, and valuable electronic items. While you are having your operation, your belongings will be taken to the ward. The ward nurse will sign for your belongings, please inform us if there is anything that needs to be locked away.

What to expect when you are admitted to the unit

On the day of your surgery, your letter will have informed you what time to arrive.

The nurses will check your general health and your consultant and anaesthetist will visit you on the unit prior to your operation. You may be asked to give a blood sample or other specimens for testing.

Please inform nursing staff at the time of admission if you require a sick note to be prepared prior to discharge.

Fasting

Please take your regular medication unless you have been advised to stop taking it by the hospital.

Admission at 7.15am - Please arrive having eaten nothing after midnight. You are strongly advised to drink water but only until 7am, then nothing further by mouth. Do not have tea, coffee or other drinks, do not chew gum or suck sweets/mints.

Admission for 11am - Please arrive having eaten nothing six hours prior to arrival. You should drink water only until 9am, then nothing further by mouth. Do not have tea, coffee or other drinks, do not chew gum or suck sweets/mints.

Admission for 12.15pm - Please arrive having eaten nothing six hours prior to arrival. You should drink water only until 10.15am, then nothing further by mouth. Do not have tea, coffee or other drinks, do not chew gum or suck sweets/mints.

Admission for 3pm - Please arrive having eaten nothing six hours prior to arrival. You should drink water only until 1pm, then nothing further by mouth. Do not have tea, coffee or other drinks, do not chew gum or suck sweets/mints.

Personal hygiene

Please ensure that you have a bath, shower or thorough wash before arriving and wash your hair.

It is particularly important that the area of your body which is to be operated on is clean.

Going home

As you cannot drive yourself after any procedure performed under sedation or general anaesthetic, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home. It will also need to be arranged for someone to stay at home with you until the following morning after your operation.

You will receive instructions, together with contact numbers in case any problems occur following discharge.

You will also receive advice on rest, diet, activity, pain control, dressings, any necessary wound advice and an outpatient’s appointment.

How to contact the ward

You and your family will be informed of the best time to telephone for news following your surgery.

Telephone: 0300 422 6751

Please be aware that smoking is not permitted in any building or within the grounds of any of our sites. Information and support is available to any patients who wish to stop smoking. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is available to help reduce your cravings during your stay.

Free Wifi

Free Wifi is available on all our wards. If you have any difficulty accessing this, please speak to a member of ward staff.

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