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.

  • I have been so blessed by having been referred to the Southampton Treatment Centre for a prostate resection operation. The standard of care has been absolutely phenomenal. Naturally, the consultant, anaesthetist and nursing staff were superb, so friendly, professional and providing a quality of care that was excellent.

    Southampton NHS Treatment Centre, Success Stories

    David Green, April 2017

  • I had a colonoscopy in November 2016 and I’m extremely pleased with all aspects of the procedure. Very pleasant and caring staff. I would recommend Will Adams NHS Treatment Centre to anyone. Best wishes to all.

    Will Adams NHS Treatment Centre, Success Stories

    Mike Baker, November 2016

  • I would like to commend the staff at the Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre. The care I received was excellent. All the staff I met were caring. They listened to any concerns I had and reassured me. The cleanliness was also of a high standard. I would definitely recommend the centre to family and friends.

    Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre, Success Stories

    Ruth, April 2017

  • I cannot fault any of the nurses or the consultant. They were all wonderful and after being home from the operation, I even had a phone call from one of the nurses asking how I was. Great service, Thank you!

    North East London NHS Treatment Centre, Success Stories

    Carol, June 2017

  • I have just had a full hip replacement! Couldn’t have wished for better treatment. Staff are amazing, food is lovely. I cannot complain about one thing from start to finish. Treated well by all, highly recommend this hospital would not use another now! Thank you so much to every one of you

    Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre, Success Stories

    Patricia, July 2017