Day case surgery

Day case surgery

 

Visits for minor surgical procedures are usually carried out within a day. We have a dedicated area providing care from admission to discharge on the ground floor of the hospital. Our day case surgery unit sees around 9,000 patients every year.

Admission times are batched to further reduce the time your child needs to be in the hospital.

07:30
09:30
12:00
14:00

Starvation and fasting rules for the admissions times are below;

Starvation and fasting rules for children up to 1 years undergoing a General Anaesthetic.

TCI Time
Breakfast/Solid Food
Fluids            
07:30 to 09:29

No food after midnight

Last Formula Milk Feed finished by 04:30
Last Breast Milk Feed finished by 05:30

Please encourage your child to drink

Clear Fluids/Water Only
up to 07:00

09:30 to 11:59

No food after midnight

Last Formula Milk Feed finished by 06:00
Last Breast Milk Feed finished by 07:00

Please encourage your child to drink

Clear Fluids/Water Only
up to 08:30

12:00 to 13:59

Light breakfast i.e. cereal or toast must be finished before 07:00

Last Formula Milk Feed finished by 09:00
Last Breast Milk Feed finished by 10:00

Please encourage your child to drink

Clear Fluids/Water Only
up to 11:30

14:00 to 17:00

Light breakfast i.e. cereal or toast must be finished before 08:00

Last Formula Milk Feed finished by 11:00
Last Breast Milk Feed finished by 12:00

Please encourage your child to drink

Clear Fluids/Water Only
up to 13:30

Starvation and fasting rules for children over  1 years undergoing a General Anaesthetic.

TCI Time
Breakfast/Solid Food
Fluids            
07:30 to 09:29 No food after midnight

Please encourage your child to drink

Clear Fluids/Water Only
up to 07:00

09:30 to 11:59 No food after midnight

Please encourage your child to drink

Clear Fluids/Water Only
up to 08:30

12:00 to 13:59 Light breakfast i.e. cereal or toast must be finished before 07:00

Please encourage your child to drink

Clear Fluids/Water Only
up to 11:30

14:00 to 17:00 Light breakfast i.e. cereal or toast must be finished before 07:00

Please encourage your child to drink

Clear Fluids/Water Only
up to 13:30


What you need to know

  • Please read your patient letter carefully as this has all the important information you need before the day.

    •             You should receive a reminder call from the Day Case Surgery team 72 hours before your appointment. If you haven’t spoken to the team by this time then please call 0151 252 5455.
    •             Check your arrival time on your patient letter, please arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment if possible, it will mean less time waiting.
    •             Due to limited waiting space, we ask that where possible, one parent or carer accompanies their child to the appointment.
    •             You can bring some home comforts like your phone and favourite toy but please don’t bring anything larger than a small bag.
    •             Please do not bring a onesie.  Please ensure that your child does not have any make up, nail varnish or shellac nails on.
    •             Please give your child paracetamol and ibuprofen at home before you come into the hospital unless they are not allowed these medications. You child will also require these medications following their procedure.
    •             Female patient over the age of 12 will be required to provide a urine sample for a pregnancy test the day of surgery. You can bring a sample from home on the day, sample pots can be provided by your GP, Pharmacists or collected from the hospital. Please see further detail in the leaflet below;

https://alderhey.nhs.uk/application/files/6516/3820/4224/Pregnancy_testing_before_an_operation_investigation_or_treatment.docx 

  • If your child or anyone in the household has either tested positive for covid OR come into contact with anyone that has tested positive for covid within 10 days of the procedure it is important that you inform us of this, as your procedure should be postponed for 10 days.
  • Before your admission date, you will receive a letter which contains the above and further important information that will help you prepare for the day.

We’re here to help

If you don’t understand something or have a question about the procedure then please call 0151 252 5455.

Painbusting – feeling sick or sore after an operation

It’s important for us to be able to help children manage any pain or discomfort after their procedure and we encourage children to tell us if they don’t feel well when they wake up. As part of preparing your child for their operation, please download and read Painbusters, a cartoon guide to managing pain, designed for the whole family.


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