Preparing for surgery and aftercare

Getting prepared for surgery

Your care is our number one priority. With our consultant-delivered service, we do our best to ensure that the doctors you meet at your outpatient appointment will also carry out your surgery and your follow-up appointments, but this cannot be guaranteed. You can speak to our clinical team 24 hours a day after you have had your surgery by using our Patient Advice Line. It is all part of the Care UK service.

One of the benefits of being treated at our hospital is the ‘one-stop-service’ of your outpatient appointment. Where possible we will complete any pre-treatment tests there and then, to save you making multiple trips, and our anaesthetists and rehabilitation team will assess you at the same time.

Your outpatient appointment is also an opportunity for you to meet the consultant who will perform your treatment. Feel free to ask any questions you wish – you may even want to write these down ahead of your appointment. They will explain any special preparations you may need to make before your treatment.

On the day of your treatment, wear something light and comfortable, so you’re as relaxed as possible.

If you’ll be staying with us, you may want to bring personal toiletries, nightclothes, comfortable footwear, something to read, and any medication you routinely take.


Find out how to get to our treatment centres and what our facilities offer:

 

Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre Devizes NHS Treatment Centre Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre
North East London NHS Treatment Centre Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre
Southampton NHS Treatment Centre St Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre Will Adams NHS Treatment Centre

After-care following your surgery

When you leave the hospital after you’ve had your treatment, you’ll be given full details of your follow-up care. We will inform your GP that you’ve been discharged from the Treatment Centre, and day case patients are telephoned the day after their surgery to check that they are recovering well.

It’s crucial to rest and take care of yourself after your treatment.

If you have any worries or concerns, please call us at any time on our Patient Advice Lines to speak to a member of the clinical team. Each Care UK hospital has its own telephone number, which should be given to you upon discharge. This helpline is designed to ensure that your recovery is as speedy and successful as possible, so please use it as much as you need to.

Care UK also offers a free app for physiotherapy exercises involved in preparing for and recovering from orthopaedic surgery. Pocket Physio can be downloaded on iPhones and Android mobile phones.

  • The centre was very clean, everyone was friendly and professional and we were offered tea and biscuits afterwards. Will Adams NHS Treatment Centre

    Dorothy, 2017
  • The whole experience was wonderful: from start to finish I was treated with courtesy and politeness. Everyone was well organised, professional and kind – and that was reassuring. St Mary's NHS Treatment Centre

    Dave, 2018
  • Everyone was so caring, the hospital was so clean, and the food was so good that I even put on weight! The aftercare is excellent too. Southampton NHS Treatment Centre

    Edna, 2018
  • The staff are fantastic, as is the catering. You’re given plenty of time by everyone which made it feel more like I was staying at a friend’s house than being in hospital. Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre

    Daniel, 2017
  • The whole experience, the operation and the care, was absolutely five star. Even being able to park right outside was wonderful. Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre

    Lisa, 2018
  • It was wonderful. Everyone was kind, attentive and friendly and it took away any nerves I had. As you walk through the door you can’t help but notice the calm atmosphere and also how clean the centre is. North East London NHS Treatment Centre

    Irene, 2018
  • It was exceptional: I was out in under 24 hours and recovering in the comfort of my own home. Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre

    John, 2018
  • The place was spotless and even the cleaners were cheerful and friendly. The food was excellent too and the chef was around to talk to. Devizes NHS Treatment Centre

    Francis, 2018
  • They could not do enough for me. I felt very well cared for and the food was very good - it was like a holiday! Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre

    Michael, 2018 - Barlborough