Patients & Visitors

Surgical Short Stay



Photo of the ward showing the
nurses' station in the foreground

If you are waiting to attend Surgical Short Stay , there may be some questions that you would like to ask.

We have tried to answer any questions we anticipate you may have, using a typical journey;

  1. Before your Surgery
  2. On the Day of Surgery
  3. In Theatre
  4. After Surgery

We also cover other questions relating to the facilities at the unit, issues around consent, and local and general anaesthetic.

If you any additional questions please contact the unit on telephone 01225 824411

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About the Unit and its Facilities

Surgical Short Stay is a purpose built unit. It was opened in 2000 and consists of five operating theatres and a thirty three trolley mixed ward, divided into bays, which we endeavour to make single sex. Children are accommodated in a separate area to the adults.

The Day Surgery Ward

We believe every patient is a unique individual with social, physical and psychological needs which have to be met.

We are very proud of the care that is provided to all our patients and it is wonderful to receive so many thank you cards and letters of praise.

Over 77% of operations carried out at the Royal United Hospital NHS trust are day cases. This benefits the patient as they can return to their normal home environment as soon as they have recovered from the anaesthetic.

The short hospital stay also minimises disruption to their daily routine and to the lives of family and friends.

We are situated on the first floor above reception at the main entrance (lift available).

Surgical Short Stay provides comfortable areas for you to wait in.

Some of the facilities available to you before and after your operation include:

  • A television room for use while you wait.
  • Complimentary biscuits and sandwiches for patients after you have had your operation

Please note that a hospital café and newsagent is situated near the Main Entrance. More information can be found on:

For information about public transport, car parks and parking charges please see:

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