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This depends on where you are listed on the operating theatre list, which is set by the surgeon.  In order that the theatre list can run smoothly, all patients need to be seen by the surgeon and the anaesthetist on the day of surgery before the operating list starts.

If you are admitted for a morning or afternoon list, you may have to wait for up to 4 hours before you get to your theatre slot.

On an all day list, this may be longer as the last person on that list may need to wait for up to 8 hours if they have been admitted in the morning.

Unfortunately there are times when cases overrun due to their complex nature, which can lengthen the waiting time.  We will aim to keep you as fully informed as possible if this situation arises.

We appreciate that waiting for your operation can be a very anxious time and we are continuously exploring ways to improve this waiting time.

You may wish to bring a book/magazine, DVD player, i-pod, etc to occupy you whilst you wait.

You will be given an operating gown to change into. We ask that all patients bring a warm dressing gown and slippers with them.  It is important that you keep yourself warm before your surgery and we will give you an additional blanket in our Theatre Reception hub to keep you extra warm.

No.  Chewing gum or sucking mints counts as food.

You must strictly follow the nil-by-mouth guidance given to you at your pre-operative appointment.  Chewing gum or sucking mints on the day of your surgery will result in your operation being cancelled.

We are very happy for your partner to accompany you to theatre and to sit in the patient theatre reception area whilst you await your surgery.  We recognise this can be a very stressful time for all patients and their relatives and we understand that support is really important at this time.

Everyone is different and each person responds a little differently.  Generally, you can expect to feel a little 'groggy' in the recovery room and you may not remember everything clearly.

You may have a sore throat; this is due to a tube being placed into your throat to enable you to breathe during your surgery and this may feel sore.

You may have some discomfort. It is important that you tell the Recovery Practitioner if you have any discomfort so we can look to improve this for you as quickly as possible.

Again, if you are feely a little sick, please tell your Recovery Practitioner.

You will have an oxygen mask on your face.

When you are a little more awake, and before you go back to the ward, we will ask you to take some sips of water - this is really important to help with re-hydration and is an important part of the enhanced recovery programme.

Recovery practitioners are highly skilled, specialist practitioners and will be monitoring you and looking after you very closely in the Recovery Room - this is sometimes known as PACU (Post Anaesthetic Care Unit).