Going to hospital

When you arrive at the hospital or day surgery, the admissions clerk will attend to the paperwork associated with your stay.

A nurse will perform some basic observations and tests, request your medical history, and check your current medication (including herbal and homeopathic medicines) and any known allergies.

If you haven’t already signed a consent form, you'll do so before the procedure.

An anaesthetist may visit you to discuss your anaesthetic. The decision to use local anaesthetic, sedation, or general anaesthetic is usually based on the type and extent of surgery required, and sometimes your general health.


Your procedure

What happens in the operating theatre.


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