Admission and Operation


Before you are admitted to hospital, the Booking Office will send out a letter confirming your admission date; they may also contact you by phone.

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 and some are admitted on the day of surgery to the Surgical Day Unit, going to the ward after operation.

After you are admitted, a nurse will check all your information from pre-operative assessment to make sure your details are correct and check if anything has changed. A physiotherapist will discuss all exercises that will be used after the operation. An occupational therapist will also go through the range of specialist aids (e.g. crutches) that are used.


The Wards

Ward 2 East and Ward 2 West are the Orthopaedic wards.
Your admission letter will tell you what time and which ward to come to.

Visiting hours are flexible from: 11am-9pm.

You can contact the wards by calling:

2 East: 0141 951 5250

2 West: 0141 951 5200

Surgical Day Unit (SDU)

Many patients come in on the day of their surgery to the SDU. You admission letter will tell you what time to come in and when you can eat and drink.

Personal belongings are packed up by the nurses and taken to the ward where you will be spending the next few days.

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 will 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 this, you will be moved to Ward 2 East or West for the remainder of your stay.

• 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.

The Operation


The operation usually takes between 45 minutes to one and a half hours. The anaesthetic also takes about 30 minutes before you are stable enough to be moved from the Recovery Area to the Ward.

The Artificial Joint

The artificial joint, or prosthesis, is made of surgical quality stainless steel, a metal alloy or polyethylene (plastic). The bearing surfaces of some joints are made of ceramic, a porcelain like material. Some prostheses are secured in the bone with bone cement, whereas others have a special coating (hydroxyapatite), which binds with the bone and does not require cement or fixation.

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