What you need to take and how to prepare to make it less stressful.
You'll probably go into hospital on the day of your operation.
What to take with you
- nightgowns or pyjamas
- dressing gown
- contact lenses, solution, glasses and a case
- wash bag with soap, a flannel or sponge, toothbrush and toothpaste
- sanitary wear or tampons
- small amount of money
- medicines you normally take
- magazines, books, playing cards
- headphones and music to listen to
- a tablet or smartphone for web browsing, entertainment and phone calls
Time in hospital
The length of your stay depends on the type of operation you have and your recovery.
Family and friends
Your family or friends can go in with you to help you settle in. You’ll need to check the time of your operation and when the visiting times are.
The time it takes to do the operation depends on the type of surgery you have. Most operations take a few hours. The nurse will give you numbers for your family or friends to phone to find out how you are.
Before you go into hospital
It’s worth sorting out a few things before you go into hospital. These might include:
- care for children or other loved ones
- care for your pets
- care for your house
- cancelling your milk or newspapers
People can often go home very early after surgery these days. It is important that you don’t do too much and tire yourself out. So it may help to prepare or buy some meals in advance that you can just heat up once you are at home.
Depending on the operation you have, you might not be able to drive for a while afterwards. So you will need to organise a friend or relative to take you home if possible.