For people having day case surgery
Unless your surgery has been arranged at short
notice, you will receive a letter from The Christie explaining our
procedure including dates and times.
If you are having a local anaesthetic, you will
be able to eat and drink normally.
If you are having a general anaesthetic, you
will have been advised to have nothing to eat or drink from
midnight the night before your admission. You may, however, brush
your teeth and you should take any regular prescribed medication.
Diabetics should check this with their consultant. Bring an
overnight bag just in case you have to stay in overnight and any
regular medication you are taking.
You will be admitted to the ward by the nursing staff, and
visited by the surgeon and anaesthetist before your surgery.
The ward nurse and a theatre porter will take you to the
operating theatre, where you will be met by the theatre staff.
After surgery you will return to the ward.
Please ensure that someone can collect you from The Christie.
Driving for the first 24 hours after a general anaesthetic is not
medically recommended. You will also need an adult to keep an eye
on you overnight when you return home after a general anaesthetic
If would be helpful if all patients could bring their own
dressing gown and slippers to wear but these can be provided if
necessary. Please bring a list of medications you are taking.