If you are attending the hospital for elective surgery and are likely to go home on the same day, you may be admitted to the surgical day ward.

Your surgery date

You will receive a letter or telephone call with your surgery date. Please contact us to confirm that you are attending or if you need to reschedule or cancel your surgery.

Preparing for your surgery

Here is a checklist of what you should do before coming in for your surgery.

  • Fasting: eat a small snack (e.g. tea and biscuits) near to midnight on the night before your surgery
  • You may drink up to 500mls (two cups) of water up to 5:30am
  • Have a bath or a shower the night before
  • Bring your medical card and/or insurance details
  • Bring your telephone number and contact details for a relative/close friend
  • Bring all your medication
  • Bring a dressing gown, slippers, change of clothes and toiletries
  • Arrange for an adult to collect you after your discharge and to stay overnight on your first night at home
  • Please do not wear make-up, false nails or nail polish

Admission times for surgical day ward

For 6:45am admission

We recommend you use the main entrance on North Circular Road, as this is the only entrance open early in the morning. When you come in the entrance, take the escalator or lift up to the first floor and continue down Hospital Street (the main corridor). At the end of the corridor, turn right. Cross through the lobby, past the bank and the lifts and then turn left down the link corridor.

You will come to a single lift on your right hand side – take this up to Level 2. When you exit the lift, turn right and right again and follow the signs for the surgical day ward. 

For 11:45am admission

The best entrance to use for this admission time is the Misericordiae entrance on Eccles Street – this is the smaller entrance opposite the church/park. 

When you come in the entrance, turn left and walk several paces. There is a lift on the right hand side. Take this lift up to Level 2. When you come out of the lift, turn right and right again and follow the signs for the surgical day ward. 


Visitors are welcome from 2pm to 4pm and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Please read our visitor guidelines.

Going home

Medical certificates should be provided by your doctor before you go home. Any additional certificates can be obtained from your GP.

Here is a checklist of things to think about before your discharge.

  • Have you organised transport home? Is someone coming to collect you?
  • If you have a wound, have you asked what care is needed?
  • Have you asked if you have stitches or clips that need to be removed?
  • Can you bathe and shower independently when you go home?
  • Do you have house keys, clothes and is there food at home?
  • Has the heating been turned on if it's cold?
  • If you are already receiving care or services at home, does the service provider know you are being discharged from hospital?
  • If there are any problems when you are discharged, who do you contact?
  • Have you got your prescription to be able to get your medication after you are discharged?
  • Have you someone who can get the medication for you?
  • Do you know what the medication is for, how often and for how long should you take it? Ask your nurse or doctor and they will explain.
  • Have you got a letter for your doctor or public health nurse?
  • Do you need an outpatient appointment or any follow-up care?
  • Do you need a medical certificate for your employer?
  • Have you got all your belongings?

Referral Information

You will be referred to the surgical day ward by the surgical team. You will be contacted by letter or by phone with your admission date/time.