Plan your Discharge
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You can expect to be in recovery for a period of 1.5 to 3 hours after your surgery depending on your type of surgery and anaesthetic. After an anaesthetic you must arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours. Failure to do this may result in your procedure being cancelled.
For pain relief after your surgery, we recommend you purchase paracetamol or paracetamol/codeine medication from your pharmacy, (providing you are not allergic to it) and take as directed. If you have any particular concerns about your pain management, please contact your doctor prior to admission.
Your family member or friend who is collecting you will be phoned once you are in the discharge area and the nurse looking after you will give you an information sheet which will advise you about wound care, activities, medications (such as pain relief), follow up appointment and any other special instructions you may require to care for yourself after discharge. We will also give you a contact number for the doctor in case of an emergency. It is against the Day Hospital Policy and recognised Day Surgery Guidelines to go home alone so it is important that prior to your admission, you make arrangements for someone to be with you after your surgery.
You may feel drowsy due to anaesthetic drugs which can remain in your system for up to 24 hours. For this reason you should follow these instructions during this time;
- Do not drive a car or operate machinery
- Do not drink alcohol
- Do not make important decisions or sign documents
- Arrange for another person to care for your children
- Care should be taken when using sharp utensils, hot liquids or cooking appliances.