Day Surgery

The Day Surgery Unit cares for patients from one year old upwards. We care for people undergoing a wide range of surgical procedures that do not require an overnight stay. Our aim is to provide patient centred care in a clean, safe and relaxed environment where patients feel confident to discuss any anxieties or fears.

We will also make provision for patients with special needs, for example, interpreters/hearing loops/Braille.

The Day Surgery Unit is a modern, purpose built department, with an enthusiastic, highly skilled team of Nurses specialising in Day Surgery care. We meet the current government waiting times for surgery for over 12,000 patients per year.

We screen all adult patients for MRSA before surgery, which is part of our tough infection control procedure.  Adult patients also undergo an assessment to determine their risk of developing a deep vein thrombosis, and preventative therapy will be started if necessary.

The Day Surgery Unit is situated on the 1st floor of the Great Western Hospital within the Day Services area.

What to expect

When you come to the Day Surgery Unit on the day of your surgery you will be greeted at reception and shown to a waiting area.

A member of the Nursing team will prepare you for theatre, checking your blood pressure, pulse and temperature.  They will discuss your general health with you and answer any concerns you may have as well as completing the necessary paperwork. You will be advised of the approximate time for your surgery. This can be subject to change depending on clinical need although we will do our best to keep to schedule and keep you informed throughout.

You will be seen by your Anaesthetist and Surgeon prior to Surgery which gives you the opportunity to have any concerns addressed.

As a general rule you will be able to stay dressed in your own clothes until close to your theatre time when you will be asked to change into an operating gown. We have small lockers are available for your use to keep your personal belongings secure.

You will be escorted to the Theatre Anaesthetic room by one of the Theatre Team. After the operation, you will wake up in the Theatre Recovery area and will return to the Day Surgery unit when you are ready to.

You will continue your recovery within the Day Surgery Unit until it is agreed that it is safe for you to return home. Recovery time can take anything from two hours to eight hours depending on the individual and type of surgery.

You can read our useful FAQs for the Cherwell Day Surgery FAQs.

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