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Before Admission

Before you come to Boulcott for surgery there are some things you’ll need to do to prepare.

During the week before your operation

Admission form:

An admission form should be completed by you and your doctor. Once completed please post/return as soon as possible to Boulcott Hospital so that the form arrives prior to your admission.


If you are taking regular medication including aspirin/dispirin or medications containing these they may need to be stopped prior to your surgery. Discuss this with your surgeon, or practice nurse if you have not already had instructions.

Medication for diabetes mellitus and anti-coagulants (drugs used to stop blood clots/”blood thinners” e.g. warfarin, coumadin, persantin, pradaxa, etc) may need to be adjusted or stopped prior to surgery – consult your specialist.

Generally all other regular oral medication should be taken as prescribed unless you are advised otherwise.

Please bring all regularly prescribed medicines with you (including asthma inhalers). It is important that these are in their original containers so we can see the doses and prescribing information.

If you are unsure of your medications or are on multiple medications, please obtain a current print out from your pharmacist/GP to ensure we have accurate information. Include this when your return your admission form, or bring it with you on admission.


If you develop an illness – even a cough, cold or skin infection – please contact your doctor or the hospital. It may be necessary to postpone your operation.

2 to 3 days before your operation

You will receive a phone call from the hospital to confirm your admission time.

This is also a good time to make plans for a relative or friend to take you home in a private car or by taxi after the operation – and for someone to be with you for 24 hours after you get home.

24 hours before your operation

Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs (except those prescribed by your doctor) during the 24 hours before your operation.

6 hours before your operation

Withholding of food and drink prior to your procedure. Please follow the below guidelines or as instructed by the hospital.

Adult patients
(or over 8 years of age having a general anaesthetic)

  • Do not eat anything for six hours prior to admission.
  • Water only may continue until two hours before admission and then stop.

(under 8 years of age having a general anaesthetic)

  • All food should be stopped six hours before admission, including formula, cows milk and soya milk products.
  • Breast-feeding may continue until four hours before admission and then stop.
  • Water only may continue until two hours before admission and then stop.

Please shower and wash your hair before admission. This is important, especially if you expect to be unable to do this for the first few days following the operation.