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​Surgical Admissions Lounge

Our aim in the Surgical Admissions Lounge (SAL) is to make your stay as comfortable and as pleasant as possible. Please read the following information carefully. It is important that you take note of any special instructions.

If you cannot keep your appointment for any reason, please inform the admissions office as soon as possible on the number specified on your letter.

It is advisable to take your regular pain relief for 24 hours prior to your admission. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for example.​

If you have any questions or worries regarding your admission, please contact the pre-assessment team on 01305 254222. Please leave a message on the answer phone service if there is no one available. They will contact you at their earliest convenience but this might not be on the same day that you leave a message.

Being Admitted to the Surgical Admissions Lounge​

Please report to Surgical Admissions Lounge, South Wing Entrance 1, Level 1 at the time stated on your admission letter or as advised over the phone. When you arrive at the unit you will be greeted by a member of staff who will direct you to the waiting area where the nurses will greet you and prepare you for theatre.

The SAL team consists of registered nurses and health care support workers.

Your anaesthetist and surgeon will see you before your surgery and ask you to sign a consent form if not already completed.

Please be aware that the time stated on your admission letter is an arrival time and not an appointment time. The time of your procedure will depend on the order of the operating list. Please note that the lists run for a few hours and you may have a lengthy wait before your procedure time.  The nurses will advise you of the list order.

Your safety is one of our primary concerns. Please wear slippers or flat shoes with a good grip during your stay with us.

Please ensure that you have adequate supplies of pain relief such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen at home. Supermarket's own brands are as effective as the more expensive products. Prior to discharge, medication that cannot be bought at a chemist or local supermarket, may be prescribed by the doctors and dispensed by the nurses/pharmacy, if deemed necessary.

Any follow up appointments will either be given to you on discharge from hospital or posted to your home address if this is not possible.

Procedures Under Local Anaesthetic

Please bathe or shower before coming in for your procedure.

It is advisable to arrange for a friend or relative to collect you following your procedure. However, depending on the extent of your procedure or personal circumstances, this may not always be required.

Depending on your work, you may require time off following your operation. Please discuss this with the surgeon/nurse before your procedure.

Please remove all nail varnish, false nails, make up, jewellery and piercings before coming in for your procedure and leave them at home. Your wedding band can be taped, unless you are  having surgery on that arm, hand etc. In which case, please remove.

Ensure that you wear loose, comfortable clothing which is easy to put on when you go home.

Please bring your regular medication with you, especially insulin, or a repeat prescription form.

It is advisable to bring a dressing gown and slippers. However, only bring essential personal items which can fit inside a cabin sized bag to the unit (eg. glasses case, denture pot, hearing aid pot). There is very limited space and storage available. If you are staying in hospital for a few days, please ask your friends or relatives to bring in your additional personal belongings following your procedure, when you are on the ward.

Please do not bring anything of value with you to the unit. The hospital takes no responsibility for lost property.​

Procedures Under General Anaesthetic or Sedation​

Please follow the instructions for procedures under local anaesthetic plus the following:

It is essential that you follow the special instructions regarding restrictions on eating and drinking. Please do not eat for SIX hours prior to your admission time. This includes fizzy drinks, chewing gum and milk. Please only drink water, black tea or coffee up to TWO hours before admission time.

If you are coming in to hospital for a procedure on an afternoon list, please try to get up and eat an early breakfast before 7am and again only drink water, black tea or coffee up to two hours before your admission time.

You must have somebody available to collect you and to stay with you for 24 hours following a general anaesthetic or sedation.

You are advised not to smoke or drink alcohol for 24 hours before your admission.

Procedures Under Regional Anaesthetic

Please follow the instructions for procedures under local anaesthetic plus the following:

It is essential that you follow the special instructions on your admission letter regarding restrictions on eating and drinking.

You must have somebody available to collect you and it is recommended that you have someone to stay with you for 24 hours following a procedure under regional anaesthetic.

Direct Lines:

Surgical Admissions Lounge 01305 255836

Pre-assessment Unit 01305 254222