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Information leaflet for caregivers

Information leaflet for Caregivers



Dear Caregiver,

Someone dear to you is about to undergo a surgical procedure at the Multidisciplinary Day Surgery Center. Day Surgery can be very beneficial for the patient. A few hours after the procedure, the patient returns home to recover in familiar surroundings. There is no overnight stay in the hospital.
As his/her caregiver you may need to take a couple of days off work to look after our patient. The length of time that you may be needed will depend on the type of surgery.
The nursing and surgical staff are always available if the need should arise.

Dr. U. Feelbetter
Head, Multidisciplinary Day Surgery Center




General Indications:

Visiting with patient: Each patient is allowed 2 visitors, family members or friends. Visitors should be over the age of 14. Please attend smaller children in the waiting room. However, their presence is discouraged. Visitors will be able to accompany patient in pre-op and recovery when the patient is settled. Most patients are discharged within 4 hours of surgery

For your convenience vending machines for refreshments and snacks are located near the waiting room. A coffee shop is just outside the hospital gates.

No smoking is allowed inside the hospital.

Cellphones are allowed only in the waiting rooms and outside the hospital.

Specific post-operative care instructions will be given by that doctor at discharge.

On the evening and day following surgery, a member of the Center’s surgical staff will call to check on the patient. However, if the need should arise don’t hesitate to use the Post-Operative On call Service (see below).


Preparation checklist for Day Surgery


Patient:

 Be on time
 Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before procedure
 Take medications the morning of procedure with small sips of water
 Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing
 Do not consume alcohol or smoke several days prior to surgery
 Come to Day Surgery with all pre-operative exams, National Health Care card and ID
 Arrange for someone to drive to and from the hospital and someone to stay at home with you for the first 24 hours after surgery
 Inform the Center of any illness (e.g. cold) contracted within a week of scheduled surgery

Before coming to the Center on the day of surgery:

 Take a bath or shower
 Remove all make-up, nail polish and jewellery

What to bring:

 Something to read or do while waiting
 A case for contact lenses and/or dentures

What NOT to bring:

 Valuables, such as jewelry, or too much money

After Surgery:

 Check that all necessary information and medications have been given, if not ask the doctor or day surgery staff
 Follow their instructions for taking medications and suggestions for diet and rest
 Do not let the patient drive
 Do not allow the patient to drink any alcohol
 Do not allow the patient to operate machinery
 Do not allow the patient to conduct business or sign important documents
 Make sure the patient takes home all x-rays and exams brought in from the outside


Multidisciplinary Day Surgery Center

Where is the Center?
The Day Surgery Unit is located at:
..................................................
…..............................................

From the main entrance on the ground floor, at the end of the central corridor to the right are:
• Examination rooms (rooms 5,6,7,8,9)
• Secretarial office (room n. 2)
• Doctor’s office (room n. 3)
• Rest rooms (room n. 11)

Paid parking can be found at the parking structure next to the University Hospital.
From the train station, take bus n. 24 or 19 for Hospital (bus stop in front to main entrance), continue on foot to stop light, proceed left. Hospital is about 100 mt ahead on the left.

Once at home
Post-Operative On Call service
Physician on Call
0419 8311323

“I have a problem…”
To help the Health Service meet the needs of its patients, this service was created for your organizational needs. If you have any problems or questions please contact:
Mrs. C.White (Head Nurse)
0419 8773455
Monday through Friday 9 am – 12 pm

If you wish to speak with our medical personnel, please contact:
Mrs. Smith (Head secretary)
0419 8311324
Monday through Friday 9 am – 11 pm and 2 pm – 6 pm

Day Surgery Unit
University Hospital
(Address)…..................................

The Center is open:
Monday through Friday
7:30 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 7:30 pm
Tel. 0419 8632399

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