Admission and Operation

Our Booking Office will send you a letter confirming your admission date and you may also be contacted by phone by our Booking Office or Medical Secretaries. Your letter will contain information on what time to come in and where you will be admitted. Some patients are admitted to the ward the day before surgery while others are admitted on the day of surgery to the Surgical Day Unit (SDU) and go back to a ward or the critical care area after the operation.

After admission a nurse will check all your information from pre-operative assessment to make sure your details are correct and check if anything has changed.

The Ward

3 West is the Thoracic ward.
Your admission letter will tell you what time and which ward to come to.

Visiting hours are 2pm-4.30pm and 5.30pm-9pm

Contact: 0141 951 5300


Day of the Operation


In order to reduce the risk of infection after the operation, you will be asked to shower with an antiseptic skin wash provided for you.


The nurse may give you a tablet called a pre-medication to help you relax before the operation.


You will be taken to the pre-operative area 30 minutes before the operation commences. The nurses will check your identity and review your details again before you go in.


Immediately following surgery you will be moved to the recovery unit where you will recover from your anaesthetic. This will usually be between two to four hours, after which you will be moved to either ward 3 West or critical care area.
We aim to start your recovery from the day of your operation. The physiotherapists or nurses will assess if you are able to get up to sit in the chair on your day of operation for a few hours. This has proven to reduce the incidence of problems such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), bedsores and chest infections. This helps you to start improving your chest and breathing after the operation.


The Operation


Major lung resections or chest repair surgery usually takes two to three hours.
Investigative procedures like pleural biopsy, thoracoscopy and pleural effusion operations usually take around one hour.

After your operation you will stay in the recovery area for one to two hours until you are ready to return to the ward or the critical care area.

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