Plan your Discharge
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You can expect to be in recovery for a period of one to three hours 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. Going home alone in a taxi or on public transport is against the Day Hospital Policy and recognised Day Surgery Guidelines. Failure to do this may result in your procedure being cancelled.
For pain relief after surgery, we recommend you purchase paracetamol or codeine medication from your pharmacy (providing you are not allergic to it) and take as directed. Please contact your doctor prior to surgery if you have any concerns about your pain management.
When discharged, 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.
The day following your surgery, one of our nursing staff will call you to check your progress and answer any queries you may have.