The Day of Admission
The day of admission is usually the day of your operation.
Your admission time is usually 7am but it may possibly be an afternoon admission - check your admission letter.
A nurse will go through the admission procedure with you. This may be the Colorectal Nurse or Nurse Specialist. You will be given a gown to wear. Observations will be taken. You will also be measured for anti embolic stockings that will help to prevent a blood clot from forming in your calf (Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
A surgeon will come to say hello to you as will an anaesthetist. The anaesthetist will discuss your anaesthetic and pain relief with you. You will be informed approximately what time your operation will be and it maybe that you will be able to have some water to drink if the operation is later in the day; your surgeon and anaesthetist will decide this. Some people require an enema before surgery to clear the lower part of the bowel and this will be administered on the ward. The nurses go through a check list with you and this will be done again by the nurse who comes from the theatre to escort you there for your operation.