Day surgery (Brian Waterson Unit)

Day surgery at the Brian Waterson Unit

Day surgery is the service where patients have their operation or procedure and are discharged to go home on the same day.

Patients should report to the hospital’s main reception. Staff will direct you to the Brian Waterson Unit.

If you get sick with a cold, fever or infection, or you cannot attend for personal reasons, call 03 768 0499 EXTN 2823 between 8am and 4.30pm to cancel your appointment.

  • Check your confirmation letter to see what medications and food you can have before surgery. You are usually not allowed to eat before surgery
  • Bring all your medicines to hospital. If unsure which medications you can take, ask the anaesthetist to write down instructions
  • Have a shower or bath before coming to hospital
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes and cotton underwear
  • Do not use talcum powder, deodorant, nail polish, perfume, aftershave, etc.

  • All medicines and tablets you are currently taking
  • Glasses and hearing aids
  • A book to read (optional)
  • Do not bring valuables, jewellery or cash. The hospital is not responsible for patients’ valuables

Please tell staff if you will need a medical certificate for your employer.

If you want to claim medical insurance for surgery, please bring a claim form with you to hospital.

Before surgery a doctor might check you are still fit for surgery. You will then change into a gown and go to the lounge before the operation or examination.

Staff might give you medication before or during an operation for post-operative pain relief. This may be in the form of a suppository.

In the unlikely event there is a complication with your surgery, you may have to stay in hospital overnight.

You must stay a minimum of two hours after your surgery. When you have recovered, and staff are happy with your condition, they will allow you to go home with an escort.

You should organise someone to go home with you and make sure you arrive safely. Patients are expected to make their own arrangements to be picked up, but staff can contact your escort to let them know when you will be ready to leave.

Check you have these things before you leave:

  • A copy of a letter for use in an emergency
  • An outpatient appointment, if necessary
  • Discharge information
  • Any other instructions from your health care team

The first 24 hours after surgery

A responsible adult should stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

A Brian Waterson Unit nurse will call you the next day to check how you are.

In the 24 hours after anaesthetic or an operation, DO NOT:

  • Drive yourself
  • Use any machinery
  • Do any activities that require skill or judgement for safety
  • Drink alcohol
  • Sign legal documents
  • Go home alone

Problems after discharge

If you have an increase in pain or feel sicker after you leave hospital, call your GP clinic or family doctor. In the first 24 hours after your surgery, you can call Grey Base Hospital and ask to talk to the Duty House Surgeon for advice.

Page last updated: 26 October 2018

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