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We encourage you and your relatives or

carers to get involved with your care at

every point. The nurse who admits you

will discuss and plan your individual care,

telling you what preparations need to be

made and what to expect before treatment.

Please mention any special needs you

may have. It is also a good idea to let the

ward team know if you have, or you are,

a carer.

GETTING READY FOR YOUR

OPERATION OR PROCEDURE

Your surgeon and/or anaesthetist will visit

you before your procedure and ask you

to sign a consent form, unless you have

already done this during your outpatient

appointment. Your Consultant or nurse

will give you a copy of the consent form

for your own records. This is an excellent

time to ask your Consultant and nurses

what you should expect immediately after

your procedure.

If you are having an operation on a

particular part of the body, the surgeon

will mark this area now.

The nurses will check your personal

details again before taking you to the

operating theatre.

Female patients and pregnancy testing

Prior to undergoing any procedure involving

general anaesthetic, a pregnancy test is

required for female patients of childbearing

potential. All of our female patients of

child-bearing potential will be asked to

complete our Assessment of Pregnancy Form

on admission, which allows us to assess

whether a pregnancy test is required. This

also applies to inpatient gynaecological

procedures involving general anaesthetic,

certain medications and certain imaging

procedures (such as X-ray, CT scan, MRI

and nuclear medicine).

Although the risk is very small, certain drugs

and imaging procedures may cause harm

to a foetus and it is important that we know

if this could be a risk for the patient and

their pregnancy.

All of our female patients of child-bearing

potential will be asked to complete

our Assessment of Pregnancy Form on

admission, which allows us to assess

whether a pregnancy test is required.

AFTER YOUR OPERATION

After your procedure you will be cared for

by our experienced nursing teams, RMOs

and other allied healthcare professionals

for the remainder of your stay.

If you have pain following your

procedure, please inform a member of

staff. You should expect any pain you

experience to be mild and it should not

stop you carrying out normal activities.

We are proud of our very low infection

rates but in the event that you do develop

an infection we may ask that your visitors

are restricted to a minimum. The nursing

staff will discuss this with you and your

visitors. If you have any questions please

ask your nurse or RMO who will be able

to answer your queries.