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A Patient’s Guide to Day Surgery

Day case surgery is becoming more and more common, it now makes up approximately 70% of all surgery performed. Day case surgery is extremely safe but surgery of any sort should never be taken lightly. You should expect, and will receive, the highest standards of professional care by all members of the team who will be involved.

This web page gives general guidelines. Your own hospital should be able to provide specific information about any of the points below. It's worth bearing in mind that protocols vary between hospitals - and even sometimes between hospital departments.

Your Procedure

Pre-operative Assessment Clinic (POAC)

Getting Yourself Ready

The Day Itself - Your Care Pathway

Recovery at Home

We hope these guidelines are helpful but we stress that they are general guidelines only. In all cases, your best source of accurate information is the hospital department where you will be having your surgery. Use this webpage to decide what you need to ask them. The better you understand your procedure and the day surgery process, the more likely you are to have a positive experience.