You usually have your skin cancer operation as a day patient.
A small number of people might need to stay in overnight. It might help to plan what you will need to take if you are going to stay in overnight.
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
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 nurse will give you numbers for your family to phone to find out how you are.
The time it takes to do the operation depends on the type of surgery you have.
Your operation might only take about 30 minutes to 1 hour if you have minor surgery. But the time spent in hospital is usually longer. You might be there for half a day or more.
Larger operations could take a few hours. You could be in hospital all day or overnight. So it might help to check how long things usually take so you and your family can plan.
Friends and family can visit but they will need to know when the visiting times are. Most wards also limit the number of people by your bedside. So your visitors will need to bear this in mind and plan ahead so they don't all visit at the same time.
Your visitors must be well when they come to see you as the ward staff may ask them to leave if they are unwell. This is to protect you and the other patients around you.
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