The concept of day surgery is that patients come into hospital for their procedures and go home the same day.
For most patients, having a procedure on a day-case basis means that they return home as quickly as possible after the procedure, without the need to stay in hospital overnight.
However, although the procedure takes place during a day, the recovery period should not be underestimated. For this reason, patients need to negotiate a return to work with their employers.
In order for patients to have their procedures on a day-case basis, it is essential that they can arrange for a responsible adult to:
- Collect them from the Day Unit and escort them home in a car or taxi.
- Stay with them and provide care (if necessary) for 24-48 hours after the operation.
St Clare’s Day Surgery Unit
St Clare’s Ward is a busy Day Surgery Unit that opened in 1995 to meet the continual increase in demand for day surgery within the Hospital. St Clare’s specializes in General Surgery, Hernia Repairs, Breast Surgery, ENT, Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Urology, Oral, Maxillo-facial, Orthopaedic, Vascular, Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Surgery, working with several top Consultants in each field.
The Day Surgery Unit operates Monday to Friday from 7am to 8pm receiving between 10 and 16 admissions daily which are accommodated in single en-suite rooms and cared for by highly skilled surgical Registered Nurses.
We have developed a pre-admission clinic which involves a multidisciplinary team including Registered Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Cardiologists, RMOs, Anaesthetists and Consultants which ensure all necessary pre-operative tests and investigations are completed and reviewed prior to surgery. This process ensures that the patient’s safety and well being is our priority throughout their stay and discharge home.
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.