Preparing for day case surgery

Most of the surgery carried out at the hospital takes place in the Day Surgery Unit (DSU). The DSU is located on the ground floor, next to the car park, and we make it easy to move from reception to the ward area, on to theatre and recovery and back again.
To help you prepare for your day, please check these lists:

What to bring

  • Your admission letter and contact details for your GP and next of kin
  • All medications you are taking
  • A little cash in case you want to use the bedside TV and phone
  • Proof of entitlement to free travel
  • Nightclothes, slippers and flat shoes
  • Loose, comfortable day clothes
  • Your glasses, contact lenses and hearing aid
  • Any mobility aids you use
  • A hairbrush or comb
  • Blue Badge – if you have one
  • Books and magazines

But please do not bring:

  • Large amounts of cash, jewellery or other valuables
  • Alcohol
  • Food
  • Large bags or suitcases

Please remember to:

  • Tell family and friends where you are going
  • Remove nail polish and false nails

You should arrange for someone to collect you when you are discharged, and for any support you need at home.

Food and drink

If your procedure is scheduled for the morning, do not eat anything after midnight. You can have water, but only until 6am.

However, if you are on the afternoon list, you can have a light breakfast before 7am and water only until 11am.

For full fasting instructions, go to

Should you not follow these instructions, it could affect the anaesthetic process and your operation may be cancelled. 

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