Day Surgery means that patients come into hospital, receive their treatment and return home on the same day. It is now the treatment of choice for a large number of people.
A high quality Day Surgery Unit provides a service that most patients find preferable to staying in hospital overnight. The benefits that we offer include: shorter waiting lists, possibly less emotional upset and, hopefully, less disruption to both our patients and their families’ normal routines.
Patients who are admitted for Day Surgery are less likely to have their procedures cancelled.
Research has shown that, after surgery, patients are more likely to feel better and to recover more quickly in the familiar surroundings of their own homes.
Our aim is to confirm these findings.
Success and Safety
The success and safety of treatment in our Day Surgery Unit depends on our highly experienced and caring team who will:
- Provide you with a welcoming, safe environment that encourages you to rest, relax and is comfortable to your needs
- Ensure that you are appropriately selected, as not everyone is suitable for Day Surgery
- Provide you with detailed instructions about how to prepare for Day Surgery and what to expect afterwards
It is important that patients read and follow these instructions.
Wearing Face Masks in our Hospitals
All patients, visitors, and staff are expected to use a new surgical mask issued by the checkpoint teams when they arrive at all hospital sites. If you are wearing your own face covering or mask you will be asked to remove this and use a new mask for the duration of your visit. The mask must cover your mouth and nose and be worn at all times, unless your clinician asks you to remove it.
There are checkpoints by each entrance and you will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided and have your temperature taken (by a forehead thermometer). On exit, please dispose of the mask in the clinical waste bin provided and sanitise your hands.
It is expected that everyone on the hospital sites wears a mask with the following exceptions, in line with national guidance:
- children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommended face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
- people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
Lateral Flow Testing for Members of the Public
We currently have a number of Infection Prevention and Control measures in place within Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals. To help prevent the spread of Covid-19 within our hospitals we ask that all members of the public undertake a lateral flow test no more than 48 hours before coming into the hospital. This is to help keep patients, visitors, and our team as safe as possible.