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This section is for people who are in hospital or who are going to hospital to have a medical or surgical procedure.

Ask your doctor or surgeon exactly what operation is planned. Clarify exactly who will be in charge of your care when you are in hospital. If you want, your general practicioner or other healthcare professional can help you find out what you need to know.

Remember to tell the surgeon, anaesthetist and nurses, if you have allergies or have ever had and unexpected reaction to an anaesthetic or any other drug. You can discuss this with your anaesthetist in advance if you wish.


Make sure you, your doctor and your surgeon all agree on exactly what will be done during the operation

You should confirm with your doctor and your surgeon the operation to be performed as close as possible to it happening. Doing surgery on the wrong site (e.g. operating on the left knee rather than the right) or doing the wrong operation are both extremely rare - but even once is too often. Do not afraid to ask for the site to be marked.

Before you leave hospital, ask your doctor or other healthcare professionals to explain the treatment plan you will use at home

It is important that you fully understand your treatment plan upon discharge from hospital including follow-up care and medication.

Know what medications you should take and for how long.

Check if you need to arrange a followup appointment in an out-patients clinic or with your GP.