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You have been seen by the hospital doctor and have been diagnosed with an abscess. This requires a day case operation under a general anaesthetic to drain the infection. You are being sent home with antibiotics and painkillers.
We will telephone you tomorrow morning to arrange your admission. Ideally you will be admitted, have your surgery and return home the same day. If, due to very unwell patients requiring surgery, your operation cannot be done before midnight on the day of your admission we will cancel your operation until the next day.
Unless an operation is life threatening we do not operate after midnight due to safety issues.
If you have any concerns or you have not heard from us by 10am on the day of your admission please telephone 01273 696955 and ask for:
On the day of your admission please do not eat anything from 12 midnight and do not drink any fluid after 4am. This includes sweets and chewing gum.
If you have any questions or concerns that you have not already raised please discuss them with the nurse that looks after you in the ward.
After a general anaesthetic your co-ordination and logical thinking may be temporarily affected due to the anaesthetic drugs. For your own safety it is important to follow these instructions:
You will need to stay for a minimum of 2 hours after your surgery and once certain criteria have been met your nurse will discharge you.
It is important that a responsible adult collects you and takes you home.
You will need to have a responsible adult stay with you for 24 hours following discharge from hospital. If this is not possible we will need to keep you in hospital overnight.
You will be given dressings and a referral letter to give to your practice nurse based at your GP’s surgery. You will need to make an appointment to visit them the day after your surgery to have your dressing changed. Your practice nurse will decide how often your wound will require dressing.
If your operation is on a Friday or Saturday you will need to attend the dressing clinic at this hospital’s outpatient department which we will organise for you.
On discharge we will give you painkillers to take at home and you should follow the instructions from the nurse. It is important that you are comfortable so that you can mobilise gently.
Within a week you should be out and about and depending on the nature of your work you should be able to resume work in 2 weeks time. Most car drivers find that they are comfortable enough to drive after about 10 days. If you are not comfortable because your wound is under pressure from the car seat you should avoid driving until the wound has healed or you are more comfortable.
We will endeavour to care for you efficiently and hope that your stay with us is as comfortable as possible. If you are unhappy with any aspect of your treatment or care please let us know so that we can do our best to resolve the problem at the time.
Emergency Ambulatory Care Unit
Telephone: Level 4 extension 7591, Level 5 extension 64002
This information is for patients receiving care at Brighton and Haywards Heath.
The information here is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: May 2019
Review Date: January 2022