During your stay / discharge

Day of admission

We look forward to welcoming you to our hospital.

Your admitting nurse will discuss the admission process with you, including any relevant medical information and will endeavour to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

When you arrive at Wakefield, you will be greeted at reception and then taken to your bed and shown the Ward facilities. A nurse will take your blood pressure, heart rate and temperature and will also discuss any relevant medical information with you i.e. allergies, medications and medical history. You will be asked to change into a theatre gown and you may also be given a ‘pre-medication’ before going to the operating theatre. A ‘pre-medication’ is a tablet or tablets to relax you if you are nervous, or to help with your pain relief after the operation. Your nurse will then accompany you to the operating theatre.

Once your surgery is complete our recovery-room staff will take care of you until you are ready to return to your room. If you are having complex surgery you may be transferred directly from theatre to our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or High Dependency Unit (HDU) where you will be closely monitored.

Primary responsibility for your care is with your specialist, however Wakefield Hospital provides a doctor on duty after hours, 7 days a week. In addition, full-time cardiology specialists are on call 24 hours per day.

We welcome enquiries from you and your support people about your treatment at any time.

Children

We encourage children to bring their favourite toys with them. A visit in advance of their admission is recommended so that they will be familiar with the hospital when they are admitted.

If you are a parent or caregiver, you may stay with your child overnight if you wish. Please arrange this with our admissions staff as soon as possible.

Trainee doctors, nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists

Throughout the year Wakefield Hospital is visited by trainee doctors, nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists. An essential part of their training is contact with patients, which occurs only under the direct supervision of senior staff or consultants. Such contact, obviously, requires the support and consent of the patients involved and this is very much appreciated by trainees and senior staff. Your consent for trainees to be present will always be sought prior to any consultation or treatment.

Discharge

Your specialist, in consultation with you and the nursing staff, will decide when you are ready for discharge. This process is important because it ensures that your care is formally transferred from the hospital to your specialist and/or general practitioner.

The nursing staff will assist in the arrangements for your discharge, in consultation with you and your specialist.

A discharge form will be completed by medical or nursing staff outlining details of your procedure and requirements for post operative appointments. You and your general practitioner will receive a copy.

Please ensure that you see a member of the nursing staff before you leave the Ward or Short Stay Unit to ensure that all medical checks have been completed, and then call at Reception to complete our checkout procedures and to settle any account due at that time.

Overnight patients

If you have stayed overnight we ask that you vacate your room by 10:00am on the day you are discharged, so please arrange your transport accordingly. If this is not possible you are welcome to wait in any of the patient or visitor lounges. If you wish to remain in your room after 10:00am on the day you are leaving, please discuss this with the Nurse Manager the day before. This will depend on bed availability, and a late-discharge fee will apply.

Day Patients

Your specialist will have given you some idea of how long you will need to stay after your operation. The nursing staff in our Short Stay Unit will discuss this with you on admission. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.

Transport

You should not drive yourself home after discharge. Please arrange to be taken home by a relative or friend in a private car, or use a taxi (we recommend that you do not use public transport).

When you get home

You should arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you for 24 hours after you get home. We recommend that you rest and follow the instructions of your doctor and/or hospital staff.

Important note for the first 24 hours

In the first 24 hours following surgery you should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery.
You are also advised not to make any important decisions, sign any legal documents or drink alcohol.

Follow-up

In most cases you will need to make a follow-up appointment with your specialist if an appointment has not already been arranged for you by our staff. This is usually done by ringing your specialist within a day or so of leaving the hospital. If you have any problems before that appointment please contact your specialist or general practitioner immediately.

If you have requested a phone follow-up on your health questionnaire, a member of the nursing staff will telephone you (subject to your availability) a few days after you leave Wakefield to see how you are and to answer any queries you might have.

Please ring your specialist or general practitioner if you require medical advice after your discharge.