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Assessing your health

If there have been any recent changes in your health please ensure that your anaesthetist, surgeon or Wakefield nursing staff is advised at the earliest opportunity. For example, if you develop a cold, infection or flu, or suffer an asthma attack prior to your admission to hospital you should let one of the above know as soon as possible as it may be necessary to postpone your operation.

The night before and on the day of your surgery take extra care of your body:

  • Do not shave near where you will be having surgery. Shaving can irritate your skin and this may lead to infection.
  • Keep warm.
  • Wear warm clothes to the hospital and, in cold weather, heat up the car before you get in. Keeping warm before surgery can lower your chance of getting an infection.
  • Please shower and wash your hair prior to admission, particularly if you expect to be unable to do this for a few days after your operation. (We recommend that you do not have your hair permed or set immediately before coming into hospital for major surgery).

Please remove all your make-up, nail polish, body piercings and jewellery prior to admission.

If applicable, please leave your medic alert bracelet/pendant on.


You will have discussed with your specialist any regular medications you are taking. Please bring all your usual medications in the original containers to hospital with you, including herbal and dietary supplements.

A detailed list from your general practitioner will help our doctors chart the correct medications for you.

If you are being admitted on the day of your surgery, continue to take your regular medications as prescribed unless advised otherwise.

Patients on anticoagulants need to take special care.

Any anticoagulants (drugs that reduce blood clotting) for example Warfarin should not be taken prior to surgery without consulting your specialist.

Aspirin or Disprin

Is usually, but not always, discontinued in the week prior to surgery. Please check with your specialist.

Failure to stop taking your anticoagulant medications as advised could result in your surgery being postponed.

Prepayment / Prior Approval

A prepayment is required prior to procedures for all private paying patients who will not have a co-payment by an insurance company or any other third party.

If you have received documents from your insurer or ACC regarding prior approval, please ensure you bring these with you on your admission day.

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