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Preparing for surgery

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​When you arrive at the hospital, make you way to the perioperative unit or admissions and go to the reception area.

What will happen while I wait?

You may be asked to sit in the waiting room until it is time to have your operation. Sometimes you will notice people going to have their operation before you. This is due to the schedule of the operating theatre list.

Visitors are welcome, but space is very limited, so we ask you bring no m​ore than two people with you.

A nurse will then ask you questions and do some assessments You will be asked to change into a hospital gown in preparation for your procedure.

What happens after my operation?​​

If you are going to be discharged on the same day you will come back to the perioperative unit where you will be given something to eat and drink.

If you are having day surgery, you will be sent home once you have recovered from your operation. This will usually be between two and six hours after your operation. If you require medications for discharge, we will organise this for you before you leave. Please make sure you have a responsible person to take you home and stay with you for the next 24 hours. If this is not possible, please talk to your nurse.

If you are staying in overnight or longer, you will be taken to a hospital ward.​


Each of our hospitals have either a waiting area, cafés and lounge areas. Your family is encouraged to sit in the café or lounge while they wait for your surgery. They will not be allowed into the operating theatre. The doors are closed to keep our theatres clean and private.


After surgery some patients may be moved to the transit or discharge lounge. Here patients can wait for medicines or paperwork. The hospital will tell your family if you have been moved to the discharge lounge.


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