The same day admissions unit is a unique concept at The Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Allowing you to check in on the day of surgery reduces the length of time you need to stay and the general concerns you may have about staying in hospital.
You will be asked to arrive at the Hospital around 7:00am following a period of fasting so that you can be admitted, seen by the relevant surgical team/anaesthetist and prepared for surgery.
You will be seen by a nurse, admitted to the unit and all relevant paperwork completed. If you are placed early on the theatre list, you will be shown to a changing cubicle and asked to change into a theatre gown.
You will then return to the waiting area and wait to be seen by the doctor and anaesthetic staff.
You will be required to remain in the waiting area until called for theatre. You will walk to the theatre reception with a relative/friend if you prefer.
If you have mobility problems, you will be escorted by a member of staff.
Your property will be transferred to the designated ward whilst you are in theatre.
If your time in the Unit becomes a lengthy stay, staff will endeavour to transfer you before your operation to the designated ward pending the availability of a bed.
There are various consultants lists from all specialities running at any one time and you will not necessarily be seen in the order you arrival, with patients booked on morning lists taking priority.