If you are having sedation or a general anaesthetic, please arrange for a family member or friend to accompany you home and to stay with you for 24 hours after your procedure. You will also need to pass their contact details to our friendly reception staff on your arrival so that we can call them when you’re ready to go home after your procedure.
Please avoid any heavy meals, including fried or fatty foods and meat at least 8 hours prior to your procedure. Light meals like toast and tea with milk can be consumed up until 6 hours prior to your procedure. From this point on you will only be able to have clear fluids like water and these can be consumed in small quantities up until 2 hours prior to your procedure.
From 2 hours prior up until your surgery you will be ‘nil by mouth’, i.e. you will be unable to eat or drink anything. If you have further questions about this then please ask your doctor before the day of your procedure.
Some regular medications will need to be taken into consideration when planning your care. Please inform the Surgery Centre team if you are taking blood-thinning, chronic pain or diabetes medications or sedatives. If you are taking blood-thinning medications, such as clopidogrel, warfarin, rivaroxaban and Plavix, please ask your doctor about these medications at least one week prior to your procedure. Unless you have been advised otherwise, you will generally not need to stop taking aspirin.
On the day of your procedure
Before you come to OneWelbeck for your procedure, please make sure you have showered, removed all nail varnish and make up and leave any jewellery, piercings and valuables at home.
Please only bring your essentials with you to the Surgery Centre. Please wear comfortable loose clothing as you will need to change back into these after your procedure.
Please do not bring:
- Cigarettes or tobacco
- Alcoholic drinks
- Large sums of money
- Valuables such as jewellery, tablets and laptops.
- Mains electrical equipment
Upon your arrival at the Surgery Centre you will be greeted by our reception team. They will notify your doctor and the clinical team that you have arrived and run through your registration and check in details. Once this is complete, you will be taken to your private patient room to relax and go through the final checks before your procedure.
Following your procedure
After the procedure you will be taken to your ensuite patient pod, where our nursing team will look after you as you recover. Your doctor will come to see you to discuss the results and the next steps. Because of the effects of the anaesthetic or sedation, you may not remember this clearly, but you will be given a written copy of any instructions to follow. It may also be comforting to have a close friend or family member present for this. Separately, we will get in touch with your escort as you are coming out of the theatre so they can be ready to meet you.
Unless you’ve been told otherwise, you can begin eating and drinking normally as soon as you feel able. Start with something light and avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours.
Although the effects of any anaesthetic or sedation used will gradually subside, your reflexes and response times can still be affected for up to 24 hours after your procedure. To keep you and others safe, you should avoid:
- Driving or riding a bicycle
- Drinking alcohol
- Operating machinery or doing any task requiring skill or judgement
- Taking sleeping tablets
- Going to work
- Signing important documents such as contracts or legal documents
- Making any important decisions