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 or sedadtion.

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.

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