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.
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.
Although on the 19 July 2021 regulations around the use of facemasks / coverings and social distancing will change across the country, at Bedfordshire Hospitals all COVID infection prevention control measures currently in place will remain the same.
The Trust has decided it is currently not safe to lift all restrictions at our hospitals.
Everyone attending our sites will still be required to wear a facemask (unless medically exempt), adhere to social distancing and attend your appointments alone especially in our Emergency Departments and Outpatients (exclusions apply to our paediatric patients and those requiring carer support)
Visiting is now permitted on most of our adult inpatient wards in a controlled manner. Appointments need to be pre-booked with ward staff.
Full details about attending our hospitals and visiting is available here.