Most patients are asked to attend at the Belvedere Hospital quite early on the day of the operation to give the surgeon and anaesthetist a chance to see you, and answer any last minute questions. A good margin of safety in the timing of your journey is essential to allow you to arrive at the clinic in good time, without being stressed and hurried.
• After the operation we strongly advise for someone else to take the stress of driving.
Once at the clinic, most patients will under go the admission procedure. Nurses will carefully fill out forms and will attach an identity bracelet to the patient. The nurses and the anaesthetist will make sure that you have not had anything to eat or drink for some hours before the operation if a general anaesthetic is to be given. You will be asked to change out of your ordinary clothes and put on an operation gown.
• It is never a good idea to bring valuables to a clinic. Rings, watches etc. that will have to be removed before the operation should be entrusted to the nurses and put in a safe place.
• You should bring to the clinic enough toiletries to last you for your expected stay, and pair of slippers.