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Information on being admitted for surgery to St Paul’s Eye Unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Scheduling your surgery

If you require surgery and it wasn’t booked when you attended the outpatient clinic, the waiting list team will contact you to offer a choice of dates once details have been agreed with your surgeon and anaesthetist.

Pre-operative assessment

You’ll have a short pre-operative assessment before surgery to ensure that you’re well enough to undergo the treatment and to learn more about your medical history. A specialist nurse will arrange any tests that you need before surgery, give you information about preparing for surgery and describe what will happen on the day of your surgery and your recovery period.

On the day of your surgery

All patients are asked to attend the day ward on the ground floor of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital at 7:30am. The reception staff will check your details, a nurse will take you for assessment, you’ll then be taken to a waiting room and then to theatre.

We ask that family and friends leave the patient they are accompanying at reception, unless the patient needs extra support and nursing staff have agreed otherwise. We’ll call your family/friends when you’re ready to leave after your surgery. We advise that you should have someone to take you home and that you avoid bringing anything of value into the hospital.

Staying over night

The procedure for staying overnight is basically the same as described above but you should bring an overnight bag with you, and after your surgery you’ll be taken up to ward 9Y. Your family/friends will be given the phone number for the ward and can call the next day to check when they can collect you.