Going Home

FamilyYou will be advised by your consultant or your nurse how long you will need to stay in hospital for.  Discharge time is 9am on the day of your departure.  We strongly recommend that you ask a friend or relative to collect you as you should not drive your car for at least 24 hours after surgery. Alternatively, we can arrange a taxi or private ambulance for you.

If you need to take any medication following your departure, this will be given to you when you leave.  Please ask for any x-rays or other imaging taken during your stay and bring these with you for any further outpatient consultations.

Remember, for the first 24 hours after your operation:

  • Do not drive a motor vehicle (if you have stitches it may be longer, please check your motor insurance policy)
  • Do not use any heavy equipment
  • Do not make any important decisions, for example signing a legal document
  • Do not take sleeping tablets unless prescribed by your consultant
  • Do not drink alcohol.

Follow-up Care

If you need to see your consultant again following your discharge, an outpatient appointment will be made before you leave or you will be notified of your appointment as soon as possible after your discharge.  Following your discharge, if you have any concerns or questions or are in need of advice, please telephone the hospital and speak to the senior nurse on duty.

Your Feedback

We always welcome feedback from patients, positive or negative, as this helps us maintain and improve our high standards of care.  After your stay, please let us know what you thought about the hospital and any aspect of the service we provided using our online feedback form.