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Day Surgery

Day surgery patients come into hospital for their procedures and go home the same day. The day surgery team are committed to providing high quality care tailored to the specific needs and expectations of day surgery patients creating an efficient well organised but restful environment.

St Clare’s Day Surgery Ward

Welcome to St Clare’s day surgery ward at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital, where patients have been having private surgery procedures since 1995 and going home the same day. So there are no overnight stays or long days in hospitals, and you’re free to recuperate in your own home. 

This is the case for the majority of patients who have day surgery procedures at our unit, but it’s important to understand that there will still be a recovery period and you must rest and follow your doctor’s instructions and advice. Depending on the procedure you’re scheduled to have, it will take some time before you are able to fully resume your life, with work, family and social events. 

If you work, you will need to request time off for recuperation; it may be a few days or a week or two, or even longer. We advise that you discuss this with us prior to coming in for your operation, so you can give your employer plenty of notice. 

Patients who have day surgery procedures won’t be able to drive themselves home or take a bus or taxi, and will need someone to take them home — a family member or friend. It may also be necessary that this person stay with the patient for between 24 and 48 hours after the procedure, and provide care and assistance, as it can often be difficult getting about after even the smallest operation. 

Comprehensive private surgery

St Clare’s day surgery ward specialises in general surgery, with world-class surgeons and Consultants who are highly experienced in their fields. Areas our day surgery procedures include are:

  • Hernia repairs
  • Breast surgery
  • ENT
  • Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Urology
  • Oral
  • Maxillo-facial
  • Orthopaedic
  • Vascular
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Laser surgery

The day surgery ward is open from Monday to Friday, 7am to 8pm, and generally we have up to 16 admissions daily. Our patients have their own en-suite rooms and are looked after during their day surgery procedures by a team of highly skilled, friendly and caring surgical Registered Nurses. 

We have a pre-admission clinic to carry out pre-operative tests and investigations so that they’re done in plenty of time and are reviewed prior to surgery. This process ensures patients’ safety and wellbeing — our top priorities during their time on our day surgery ward. 

The pre-admission clinic is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of Registered Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Cardiologists, Resident Medical Officers, Anaesthetists and Consultants. 

You can expect high-quality care and attention when you attend our day surgery unit for tests or a procedure. Our team is committed to making sure you are comfortable and relaxed throughout your stay, and that you go home satisfied with our private surgery ward. 


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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, our private GP practice and Urgent Care Clinic, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7806 4060.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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