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Additional information for patients coming into hospital for a procedure or surgery

What to expect on the day

A video for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and another for West Middlesex Hospital explain the way things work on the day.  Scroll down for these videos.

Patient leaflet

Self-isolation

All patients who are booked to come into hospital for a procedure or surgery are being asked to self-isolate. This is important to help keep you, other patients, and our staff all safe. If a member of your household is accompanying you to the hospital or driving you to the hospital they must have also follow the strict self-isolation guidelines. Where possible all members of your household should stay at home during this time as well.

For how long do I need to self-isolate?

If you are having a procedure or surgery that means you are: 

  • Staying overnight
  • Having a general anaesthetic (surgery while you are not awake)
  • Having any procedure on your mouth, nose or throat

You must social distance and carry out hand hygiene measures for 2 weeks (14 days) prior to your surgery date and then follow self-isolation instructions from the day of your COVID swab

    • Having a local anaesthetic
    • Having a small procedure while you are awake (injection, biopsy or investigation)
    • Having an X-ray, scan and for some tests (you will be told if you need to self-isolate for a test when you have your initial phone assessment)

    You must social distance and carry out hand hygiene measures for 1 week (7 days) prior to your surgery date and then follow self-isolation instructions from the day of your COVID swab

    When you are contacted by the hospital they will tell you how long you will need to self- isolate for. This will vary depending on the sort of operation or procedure you are having, and whether you need a general anaesthetic—the boxes above provide a guide of what you can expect. You may want to record the number of days you need to self-isolate.

    If you think you will have difficulty with self-isolation, please discuss this with the hospital so that they can help support you or make any necessary adjustments to your care. Wherever possible we will ensure you will not need to isolate for more than two weeks in total and any tests, X-rays or scans required before your procedure are organised as close to your procedure or surgery as possible.

    What does self-isolating mean?

    Self-isolating means that you need to stay at home and that you do not have contact with anyone inside or outside your home during the full period of your self-isolation. Where possible this means that all members of your household should stay at home during this time as well. If you live with others there are some practical steps to take. These are:

    • Staying physically apart as much as possible. Sleep in separate rooms and use different bathrooms if you can. We do recognise that many patients are not able to do this.
    • Minimising the amount of time you spend in shared spaces such as the kitchen. 
    • Trying to stay at least two metres (three steps) apart.
    • Regularly cleaning, with disinfectant, any surfaces you use a lot, such as kitchen counters.
    • Wash your hands regularly, for 20 seconds each time. 
    • Make sure to sneeze or cough into tissues, your elbow, or your sleeve, and throw away the tissues straight after using them. 

    Don’t use the same towels or crockery and make sure anything has been washed thoroughly before it’s used by someone else.

    Face coverings

    What to expect on the day

    Treatment Centre patients at Chelsea and Westminster

    Please enter on the left-hand side of the hospital—keep your eye out for signs on the pavement directing you to the Treatment Centre. The short film below explains about what to expect during your visit. Although this explains day surgery, we also do operations where you will stay one or more nights.

    Elective surgery patients at West Middlesex

    Please follow the markings on the road for ‘Elective Surgery’ until you see the overhead sign ‘Elective surgery patient drop-off’. The short film below explains about what to expect during your visit. Although this explains day surgery, we also do poperations where you will stay one or more nights.

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