Operations are performed for both inpatients and outpatients and we work closely with our Day Surgery Unit.

After surgery, most patients are taken to a dedicated recovery area that includes four beds for children. 

We have dedicated theatres for emergency and trauma surgery, which offer a 24-hour service. 

If you are having Day Surgery (ie going home the day of your operation), you will be asked to arrive at 8.00am or at 11.00am on the morning of their operation at the Day Surgery Unit on the first floor of Great Western Hospital. 

If you are having Orthopaedic surgery, you may be asked to come to the Theatres Admission Lounge, which is located next to main Theatres Reception desk on the first floor of the main hospital.

Most patients who are expected to stay in hospital after their operation will be asked to come to the ward that will care for them either on the day of surgery or beforehand, depending on the type of operation they are having.

A leaflet and/or letter will be sent to you advising where you should go when the operation is booked.

This will also give instructions about pre-operative fasting and is an important element of preparation for surgery.


For appointments and cancellations, please contact the Booking Centre.