Inpatient information

If you are an inpatient this means that after surgery you will be staying in hospital at least one night. We appreciate that coming into hospital can be an anxious time but our friendly team are here to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Our new facilities are modern clean and comfortable with large private en suite rooms designed to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Our facilities include a cafeteria offering a range of fresh meals and snacks as well as hot and cold refreshments, and there is also a cash point.

From reception you will then be directed to the Inpatient lounge where our helpful staff will welcome you, check you in and direct you to the appropriate area.

Every patient attending the Hospital for surgery will be asked to undergo screening for MRSA. This is part of our infection prevention and control practices to help us maintain our enviable infection prevention and control record.

•     The consultant performing your operation will come to talk to you before your surgery and make sure you fully understand your planned procedure, including any risks that may be involved.

•     Your anaesthetist will then examine you and check that the required tests, including blood tests, have been carried out.

We are here to look after you, so our health professionals are there to answer any queries that you may have or if you would like any further information.

  • Any specimens that you have been asked to provide such as a urine sample.
  • Any medicines that you are currently taking on prescription, over the counter, herbal or homeopathic remedies, or any medicines that you only take when you need to, such as indigestion tablets or painkillers. It is important that you bring all medicines in their original packaging.
  • Your dressing gown, slippers and comfortable clothing including shoes for wearing indoors and outdoors.
  • Toiletries, tissues, wet wipes and sanitary towels if appropriate. Bath/hand towels are provided.
  • A small amount of money to buy items from the hospital shop.
  • Books and magazines or a personal tablet such as an iPad for your own entertainment. There can sometimes be extended periods of waiting in hospital.
  • The name and telephone number of a relative or friend who will be driving you home after your operation.

We have a pharmacy on site and the team will participate in pre-operative assessment and advise you on medication you may need to take before your admission, as well as starting to prepare you for your discharge home.

Once you've met the team who will look after you in the Admissions lounge you will be prepared for theatre, and then escorted to the operating theatre by a member of staff.

After your procedure you will remain in recovery until you are ready to return to your room on the ward. The wards have the capacity for high dependency nursing to be administered to patients who require additional monitoring after surgery.