Preparing to go home
You will need to be picked up by a responsible adult. You will not be discharged to catch a taxi or a bus. You should have someone stay with you overnight if you live alone.
For the first 24 hours after a general anaesthetic or whilst you continue to take strong prescription pain medications.
You must not not drive. Most insurance companies will not insure you during this time.
You must not operate any heavy machinery or power tools.
You should not sign any legal documents or make any important decisions
- If you are given a prescription (or medicines that have been dispensed for you), make sure you understand what they are for, and how to use them
- Ensure you understand what is required to manage your wounds and dressings
- Enquire what physical activities you will be allowed to do
- Know when you are expected to have a follow up appointments and how to make these appointments
- Be sure to have contact details of the hospital or surgeon and Anaesthetist in case you have any problems when you go home
It is relatively common to feel tired and lethargic after anaesthesia and surgery. The hospital will usually call within 48 hours of your discharge to enquire how you are.
Follow any instructions given to you, and remember to drink plenty of fluids and eat regularly.
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