Day case patients
For 24 hours after a general anaesthetic, you should:
- Have a responsible adult with you.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Take things gently including having time off work until you feel fully recovered.
You should not:
- Make any important legal or financial decisions or sign any such documents.
- Be left alone caring for children.
- Cook, boil a kettle or operate machinery.
- Drink alcohol or take sleeping tablets.
Longer stay patients
- If you remain in hospital longer than is necessary you are at far greater risk of losing your independence or developing complications such as infections or DVT (deep vein thrombosis).
- From the day you are admitted to hospital, the staff involved in your care will work together with you and your relatives/carers to assess your needs in preparation for leaving hospital.
- On the first day of your stay you will receive an estimated date of discharge (EDD) which may change as your care progresses.
- As part of your treatment it may be necessary for you to move to another ward, sometimes at short notice, but you and your relatives/carers will be given as much information as possible.
- Before you leave hospital you will be given a limited supply of any medication that is required and any changes that have been made will be explained to you.
- You will be given a written discharge summary which includes details of your medication and any changes. Please also take a copy of this to your next GP appointment.
These may include any of the following options:
- Returning to your usual place of residence with no additional support.
- Returning home with either short-term or long-term support services in place. Please let us know as soon as possible if you already have support services in place.
- Moving to a short-term rehabilitation or intermediate care setting as close to your home as possible.
- Moving to alternative housing or care home.
When your discharge date is identified you and your relatives /carers will need to make thenecessary arrangements which may include:
- Suitable clothing and footwear.
- Transport home.
- Access to a key to your property.
- Reinstate any private care arrangements.
- A suitable supply of food and adequate heating in your home.