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What happens next?
Once there is an appointment available you will be contacted by letter & telephone to agree a date and time for your planned treatment by the Patient Pathway Scheduler 01908 997 007.
Preparing for Day Surgery injection treatment
You will have an early morning (07:15) or late morning appointment (11:45) to come to our Treatment Centre.
Bring all your medication with you; enough for 24 hours.
If you are taking tablets to control diabetes please omit morning dose on day of treatment. Your blood sugar will be checked whilst you are in hospital and medication can be restarted after. If your blood pressure is controlled by taking medicine (anti-hypertensive) please continue to take this on the day of treatment.
What to expect on your visit to day surgery
You will be escorted to the Anaesthetic room in theatre. The majority of injection treatments are carried out under sterile conditions in an operating theatre often using x-ray guidance and sedation (depending on the procedure).
You will be taken to the theatre recovery area and be observed by the nursing staff, you may feel a little drowsy and wish to sleep if you have received sedation. Following recovery you will go back to the ward and will be discharged shortly afterwards. The Consultant will not need to visit you prior to discharge.
In exceptional circumstances you may require an overnight stay and will be discharged promptly at 07:30 the following day. You may experience pain relief or transient increase in your pain following treatment due to the anaesthetic used. It may take several days or even up to 2-3 weeks before the treatment is effective.
You will receive a follow up outpatient clinic appointment in due course after your treatment by letter to review the treatment. Your appointment may be with either the Advanced Nurse Practitioner or your Chronic Pain Consultant. If you have any problems after the procedure then please contact your GP, however you may contact pain clinic 01908 997 007.
Further useful contacts
Treatment Centre Reception: 01908 995 452
Ambulatory Care Unit: 01908 996 568
Day Surgery Unit: 01908 995 469 or 01908 995 468
Patient Pathway Scheduler: 01908 997 007