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Surgery under General Anaesthetic (daycase)

Date issued:  July 2019

For review:  July 2021

Ref: A-422/Freedom Unit/MS/Undergoing surgery general anaesthetic daycase

PDF:  undergoing surgery general anaesthetic daycase [pdf] 216KB


Important to remember

Your letter from the Hospital has given you a date and time to arrive at the Freedom Unit.

The Unit is an operating department with a reception area.

We operate from 08.30hrs until 18.00hrs with evening surgery after 17.30hrs until 21.00hrs

The time on your letter is NOT the time of your surgery.
You may have to wait up to 4 hours before your surgery.

Once arrived, please use the water fountains as advised

What to bring for surgery:

  • A small bag containing dressing gown and slippers.
  • Your regular medications.
  • We advise NOT to bring in valuables. Mobile phone and  charger are fine. While you have surgery, your belongings will be locked in a personal locker. We cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage to your valuables.


Please remember:

  • To be discharged on the same day, you will need a responsible adult to escort and stay with you for 24hrs after surgery (within the same premises). Please provide such information during the admission.
  • Relatives are welcome; however please remember this is an operating theatre unit and there are limited facilities for relatives and/or friends.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate relatives in the recovery room.
  • Let us know if you have any special dietary needs.


Contact Numbers

In the first 48 hours after surgery:

Monday -Friday, 8am-8pm contact:

 Derriford Hospital Freedom Unit

   Tel: 01752 763968


After 8pm and at weekends contact

Duty Senior Nurse via Derriford

    Hospital switchboard  

    Tel: 01752 202082

     Bleep 355


48 hours or more after surgery

Contact your GP or practice nurse

Tel: 01752 202082

Freedom Reception
01752 433068

Lynher Ward
01752  431277


How to get here

The Freedom Unit is situated towards the  rear of the main hospital.

From the Multi Storey car park: make your way down the hill, past Maternity and the Terence Lewis Building to the bottom of the hill. There is a DROP OFF  AREA outside the unit.

From main entrance: access through the Hospital is via Level 6 either stairs or lift to level 3.

Follow signs which will take you to the level 3 coffee shop, then, through here, down steps, turn left and the Unit is in front of you. This route is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Please ask to SABA parking desk on level 6 for help if you have a reduced mobility     condition

If you need assistance please see staff on the SABA Help desk on level 6 . They will be able to direct you.



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