Following the Operation
The entire multi-disciplinary team will work together to ensure that your stay at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital is as comfortable and streamlined as possible.
The nurses on the ward will check your vital signs (e.g. blood pressure, heart rate) frequently in the first 24-48 hours. The nurses will liaise with members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure a safe, effective recovery and timely discharge home.
The physiotherapist and occupational therapists will see you daily to carry out a plan of rehabilitation specific to your needs. You will be encouraged to carry out the exercises the therapists give you on your own once it is safe to do so and to walk with your aids on your own once it is safe to do so.
The pain team will visit you to ensure adequate pain relief is provided. You will have some pain and this is normal, we will make you comfortable enough to work with your therapists to achieve your recovery goals.
The discharge planning process begins at the pre-operative clinic. We will ask about your home circumstances and transport arrangements at clinic and again when you come in for your operation. After you have been to clinic this is a good time to start planning who will help at home and who will take you to and from the hospital.
The occupational therapists will assess what equipment and aids you may need at home and arrangements can be made to ensure this is delivered to your home before you are discharged from hospital.
When you have met the discharge criteria found in your patient booklet, for example, you have achieved your therapy goals and have adequate pain control you will be discharged home. Patients normally go home two to three days after their operation, however please be aware that your stay may be extended: patients will only be permitted to discharge home when it is safe for them to do so.
All necessary medication will be given to you before you go home.