Tavistock Day Surgery unit consists of 25 trolley spaces, a nurse led pre-assessment clinic and an “admission on day of surgery” lounge. This unit gives pre and post-operative care for orthopaedic, general/ vascular surgery, ear, nose and throat (ENT), oral maxillo facial and gynaecology patients.
When patients arrive on the unit they will be greeted at reception and shown to their trolley space, here they will admitted by a qualified nurse. They will also be seen and assessed by an anesthetist and their surgeon and given the opportunity to ask any questions. Patients are then asked to wait in the reception area until they are prepared for theatre.
Prior to their scheduled theatre slot, patients will be asked to change into a gown and their dressing gown in the changing room. Clothing will be secured in patient lockers. Please do not bring valuables into hospital as we are unable to accept responsibility for these. A nurse will go through a checklist with patients and then escort them to the anaesthetic room where you will be greeted by the theatre staff.
Following their procedure, patients will awaken in the recovery area. Here they will be monitored closely by the recovery staff. Once the recovery staff feel that a patient is stable they will return to Tavistock Ward on the trolley with a theatre porter and qualified nurse.
On return to the ward you will have your observations monitored and wound checked. Unless there are any specific instructions you will be allowed to take sips of water progressing to tea/coffee and light refreshments (sandwiches/toast) once water is tolerated.
Most patients will need a minimum of two hours recovery time but this can vary depending on the surgical procedure and individual recovery times. Once patients meet set criteria we can discharge them home with the relevant documentation and advice. Sometimes there can be a delay in discharge waiting for surgeons to complete theatre sessions if they wish to see their patients before they go home.
Please note that all patients being discharged home following a general anaesthesia must make arrangements to be collected from the reception area of the ward by a responsible adult. They will also require care for at least twenty four hours – this will have been discussed at pre-assessment.
Admission on the day patients will go to an in-patient ward following their procedure. Staff will ensure belongings are brought up to the ward they are have been allocated.
The Tavistock Ward can be found on the first floor of the ward block and is serviced by the Main Reception located on Kempston Road.Bedford Hospital South Wing Map
In light of the current activity with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and in addition to national guidance around visiting restrictions, there are currently visiting restriction in place. Please click here to view current visiting restrictions.
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.