Day Care Unit / Day Case patients

The Surgical Day Care Unit at Hillingdon Hospital performs a variety of surgical and medical procedures caring for an average of 500 patients each month. More and more treatments and procedures are being offered to NHS patients as Day Cases - meaning no overnight stay in hospital is necessary and patients can rest and recuperate in their own homes.

Your appointment letter states the date and time of consultation and name of consultant or clinic. You can bring a friend or relative with you.

It is important that you confirm the acceptance of your admission date by phoning the unit two weeks prior to your admission. You will be able to negotiate a date for your operation before you arrive. If you are unable to keep your appointment or decide you no longer wish to have your treatment, or if you are unwell, please phone the Day Care Unit on 01895 279283 (Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm).

For Morning (AM) Admissions:

  • Have nothing to eat from Midnight the night before you attend hospital
  • You may drink water/tea or coffee with a small drop of milk (10-15mls or two teaspoons) before 6.30am but nothing after 6.30am
  • Please do not drink anything else e.g. orange juice or milk.

For Afternoon (PM) Admissions:

  • You may have a light breakfast – tea and toast (not cereals) before 7.30am on the day of your admission
  • Do not eat anything after 7.30am
  • You may drink water/tea or coffee with a small drop of milk (10-15mls or two teaspoons) before 10am but nothing after 10am
  • Please do not drink anything else e.g. orange juice or milk.

Do not smoke on the day of your operation and, if possible, do not smoke 24 hours prior to your operation. Hillingdon Hospital operates a 'no smoking' policy.

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Day Care Unit
Main building
Hillingdon Hospital
Direct line: 01895 279283
7.30am-8pm Monday to Friday

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