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Day Surgery Unit

About Us

Over 80% of surgical procedures are done in a Day Surgery setting.  This means you are admitted and discharged on the same day that you have your operation.  Therefore the Day Surgery Unit at North Devon District Hospital is a very busy place.  Our Day Surgery Unit has a large waiting and reception area, a ward with trolley spaces rather than beds, as normally your operation will be performed on a trolley and you will be returned to the ward on this same trolley for recovery.  There are anaesthetic rooms and operating theatres and a recovery area.  All of these areas are staffed with qualified registered practitioners that are specialised in this service.  If you wish to find out about the anaesthetic theatre room and recovery aspect of your stay, please refer to our web page on Theatres.  In the Day surgery Ward males, females and children will all be separated into separate bays or side rooms, this is a mandatory requirement to ensure privacy and dignity of each individual.

How do I access the service?

It is vitally important that we ensure that you are fit enough to have your procedure performed in Day Surgery and go home on the same day.  You will therefore be required to have a pre-assessment interview (this may be a clinic attendance or a telephone call) with our specialist qualified pre-assessment team. Any screening or diagnostic tests required must be completed and the results known before you come in for your surgery.  At this interview you will also receive information about your operative procedure, what to expect when you come to the Day Surgery Unit and what to bring with you, and what to expect when you go home.  The Booking Team at the Hospital will liaise with you regarding your date of operation, finding a time that is mutually convenient.

How the Service works

There are morning and afternoon operating sessions and you will receive a letter asking you to attend the Day Surgery either early in the morning or at lunch time.  If you are on a morning List you normally go home by lunchtime and if in the afternoon discharge will be in the evening. There are variations of course and some patients may need to stay all day and some patients may be asked to come in at a different time. The staff on the ward will be able to tell you where you are on the operating list and at what time it is expected you will go to theatre. If you are worried that you are waiting longer than expected please ask the staff to update you on what is happening. Once you have had your surgery and have returned to the ward you will be given light refreshments before you are discharged. You must ensure that you have arranged for someone to collect you following your operation and if you have had a general anaesthetic made arrangements for someone to be with you on your first night post surgery.  On the next working day after your discharge one of the Day Surgery staff will ring you at home to ensure your recovery is going to plan.

Where can I find more information?

There is a variety of patient information leaflets describing procedures that are carried out in Day Surgery and what to expect in Day Surgery here