Reception - clerical admission
The first people you will meet are our reception staff who will confirm your personal details. You will wait in the reception area until one of our nurses asks to see you for your clinical admission. Please note, the nurses will admit patients according to the order of your doctor's operating list.
Reception - clinical admission
One of our nurses will review your medical history, all allergies, take your blood pressure and pulse, and check your consent is correct and complete. Your anaesthetist may ask to see you at this stage. You will then be asked to wait until a nurse calls you to get ready for your operation/procedure. We check your details numerous times throughout your stay to ensure your safety.
Pre-operative holding area
Prior to the pre-operative hold, the staff will prepare you for surgery. This may include shaving the surgical site, giving you medication, doing an ECG, taking a blood test, or asking you to wash your skin. Once this has been done you will be taken to the pre-operative holding area where you will change into a theatre gown and wait on a trolley until a porter comes to escort you into the operating theatre.
You will most likely be taken on a trolley into the theatre and anaesthetic bay. For your safety, you will be asked what your name is and what operation you are having. Staff will check your paperwork, the armband you are wearing, that consent has been signed, that pre-medication has been given (if ordered), and whether you have any allergies. If you have allergies, you will be given a red cap to put on; otherwise you will be given a white or blue cap to help hold your hair in place. Unfortunately, visitors cannot be accommodated in the theatre holding area.
After your operation / procedure, you will wake up in the recovery area. The recovery nurses will make sure you are comfortable and awake enough before transferring you to the recovery area or your room on the ward.