On the day of surgery
The wait is over and your big day has arrived! You will naturally be feeling a bit anxious and emotional, but there are a number of practical things you can do to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.
Should I come to Bristol the night before my operation?
If you live within one hour's drive of Bristol this is not necessary. If you live a significant distance from Bristol we would strongly advise you to consider doing this. It can be very stressful for you if you are delayed for any reason (e.g. train delay, heavy traffic) on the day of your operation. If you start the day with a very long journey it can be pretty tiring, all in all.
What time should I come to the Spire Hospital? Can I park there? Where should I go when I arrive?
We will let you know exactly what time you need to be at the hospital before your Advanced Mini Facelift – typically two hours before your operation. There is a large free car park for patients on site at the Spire. When you arrive you should go to the reception desk at the main entrance at the front of the hospital (on Level 2). It is the Spire Hospital to take a credit card imprint from all patients. Do not be worried by this – you will already have paid in full. You will only be charged for 'extras' such as meals for visitors. You will then be escorted to your room by one of the ward staff.
What will my room be like?
You will have a comfortable private room with an en-suite shower. Each room has a TV and there is free Wi-Fi access throughout the hospital. You can use your mobile telephone whilst in you are in your room. There is a secure locker for any valuables you might wish to bring (although you should sensibly keep these to a minimum). You will be asked to choose your meals for the rest of the day – our advice is to keep it light and soft!
Will I need to do any paperwork?
We do live in the age of red tape! Once you are settled in your room, a nurse will do the paperwork with you and answer any questions you may have. You will be asked to fill in a medical questionnaire for the Consultant Anaesthetist to go through with you. There will be some routine checks e.g. blood pressure etc as part of the admission process. You will be given a theatre gown and some anti-embolic stockings to change into.
Will I see the surgeon before my operation? I have a few last minute questions.
Our Consultant Surgeon will see you in your room immediately prior to your Advanced Mini Facelift. He will go through things once more with you, mark the operation site and ask you to sign a consent form. This is your final opportunity to ask questions before the procedure.
When will I see the anaesthetist?
The Consultant Anaesthetist will see you immediately before you go to the operating theatre. He will go through your health questionnaire and explain the sedation and recovery process to you. This is also a good opportunity to ask any last minute questions or to discuss any aspect of your care that is unclear to you. A theatre nurse will then collect you from your room to take you to the operating theatre.
What will happen when I get into the operating theatre?
One of the themes that shines through very strongly in our feedback process is that we are very friendly and work together very well as a theatre team. So don't worry! You will be asked to lie on the bed and we will then attach our monitoring equipment. Once everything is ready you will be given some sedation and you will then feel as if you have slowly drifted off to sleep...