We expect all day surgery patients to be discharged on the day of admission; you will be able to go home from about three hours after your operation/treatment. Patients who stay for one night or more are usually discharged by 10am.
Your nurse will let you know when you can go home and give you any advice and information you may need, including any relevant contact numbers. You will be advised how to care for your wound when you are discharged, and how soon you will be able to have a bath or shower.
Your Consultant will see you before discharge. If he/she has prescribed medication for you, this will be given to you before you leave. Your Consultant will let you know if you require a follow-up appointment. If you do, you will be assisted in making this appointment, prior to your discharge.
If you have had a general anaesthetic, or any other sedation, you MUST NOT DRIVE FOR THE NEXT 48 HOURS. Driving after sedation is similar to driving whilst drunk and the authorities would view it in the same way. You should also avoid drinking alcohol, operating machinery, cooking, making any important decisions or signing contracts for 24 hours after your treatment. You should ensure there will be someone at home to look after you, at least for the first 24 hours.
You should make arrangements for someone to collect you by car after your treatment, or ask them to accompany you in a taxi. It is unsafe to travel by public transport after an anaesthetic or sedation, even if you are feeling well.
When leaving New Victoria Hospital, please remember to take all your belongings, including your own medication and take-home drugs. If you require assistance with your luggage to your waiting transport, please ask a member of staff on the ward to arrange this for you.
If you have any concerns following your operation or procedure, please contact New Victoria Hospital on 020 8949 9000 and ask for the Sister in Charge.