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Preparing for your hospital admission

Thank you for choosing your private care with Sussex Premier Health and we would like to wish you as comfortable a stay as possible.

There are a number of important things that we ask you to do before your hospital admission. This will help make sure your admission is stress free.

  • If you are using your private medical insurance, please contact the insurance company to make sure they will cover the cost of your treatment
  • If you are paying for your own treatment, please make sure that we receive your payment seven working days before your admission

On the day of your admission

When you come into hospital, a receptionist will welcome you and arrange for you to be shown to your room or day-care suite. You will meet with your Consultant and anaesthetist, if appropriate, who will be happy to answer any questions.

Each stage of your treatment and expected recovery will be explained and, if you’re feeling worried or anxious about anything at all, your nurse will be on hand to give you advice and support the whole way.

Going home

If your operation is a day case procedure, we will need you to rest in your room for a few hours before you go home. We will be able to discharge you once your consultant is happy for you to leave and when you are clinically fit to be discharged.

Your operation may require you to stay overnight or possibly for several nights. We estimate the number of nights you stay based on the type of surgery and the patients’ needs, in some cases your stay may be a little shorter or a little longer. When you have met our discharge criteria and are ready to go home, our nurses will provide you with everything you need to go home safely. If you have any questions before you go home, please speak to a member of the nursing team.

If you stay overnight, you will need to arrange for someone to collect you from the hospital at 10am on the day we discharge you, unless your consultant or nurses advises you otherwise.

Please note that you should not drive or operate machinery for 48 hours after a general anaesthetic or sedation.

When you’re ready to leave hospital you will receive a copy of your treatment and recovery plan with full details of any follow-up care and medication you may need, plus a contact number if you have any concerns once you are home. It’s a good idea to take your copy with you if you need to see your GP soon after your procedure.

We will also keep your GP informed about your treatment and recovery plan and progress. Our report will be added to your medical records and kept by your GP.

Day case admissions

If you’re a day case or day patient, it means you won’t need to stay overnight but you may be given your own bed or private room for the day. You’ll be coming in for a test or scan, or a minor procedure.

What to bring:

You won’t need to pack an overnight bag, but it’s a good idea to bring:

  • Prescriptions of any medications you’re taking
  • Glasses or prescription for ophthalmology appointments
  • A book, e-reader, mobile or other entertainment to keep you occupied prior to your procedure or treatment and while you recover (eg after minor surgery)

After your appointment, you may need to rest for a while before going home. If so, you’ll be able to relax in a recovery room and your consultant or nurse will let you know when you can go home.

They may also arrange a follow-up appointment with you at a later date, to check on your progress and if any further treatment, tests or scans are needed.

Inpatient admissions

As an inpatient, you’ll be admitted into Sussex Premier Health and will be staying at least one night.

During your stay we will provide the necessary basics that you would expect, for instance fresh bed linen and towels.

We’ll let you know beforehand if there’s anything we suggest you do to prepare for your treatment. For example, we may recommend doing certain exercises or follow a special diet to help with your recovery afterwards.

During your stay

When you come in for your procedure, you’ll have your own private ensuite room which will have a TV and WiFi.

What to bring to hospital with you

You’ll need to bring an overnight bag, below is a list of items that you should bring to make your stay more comfortable:

  • Comfortable clothing and nightwear
  • Dressing gown and slippers
  • Underwear and socks
  • Books, magazines, e-reader
  • Toiletries
  • All your current medicines in their original containers

If you are due to be staying with us for a few nights, you may want to bring a mobile phone, portable music player and earphones.

We do recommend that you carefully think about what you bring with you, as we cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage of your personal belongings. We recommend you leave your valuables at home.

If you stay overnight, you will need to arrange for someone to collect you from the hospital at 10am on the day we discharge you, unless your consultant or nurses advises you otherwise.

Interested in finding out more?

Speak to a member of our team

Phone01424 757400

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