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Your hospital stay at Schoen Clinic London

Not everyone feels completely at ease when faced with the prospect of spending time in hospital, but we endeavour to make your hospital stay as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Our guide to your stay at Schoen Clinic London will help you prepare for the time you spend in our care.

What to bring

Bring any medications you are taking currently, such as inhalers and tablets, in their original packaging, as well as any relevant x-rays or medical reports.

We’d advise bringing casual, loose clothing, shoes, nightwear, slippers, and personal toiletries if you are staying overnight. We will provide you with a dressing gown and towels. We also recommend you bring a book or something to help you pass the time.

Please remove all jewellery (you may wear a wedding band), body piercings, nail polish, acrylic nails, and nail or hair extensions. Do not bring cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or valuables.

Waking up from anaesthesia and recovery

A recovery nurse will look after you in the recovery area after your procedure if you had a general anaesthetic and will then take you back to your room as soon as you are ready.

Your nurses will continue to monitor you when you are back in your room. Please let the nurse know if you experience any nausea or pain. You may be able to eat and drink once you are fully awake.

Your nurse and physiotherapist will help you to get out of bed, change your clothing, and start moving around after your surgery. Your consultant will oversee your clinical care throughout your hospital stay.

Meals and room service

You will receive a menu every day so you can choose your breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menus include vegetarian, gluten-free, halal and kosher options and we can cater for all other dietary requirements.

You also have the option of using room service for an additional cost, with delivery from our local partner restaurants. Speak to your nurse if you would like visitors to join you for a meal and to find out more about the associated costs.

Going home

If you are a day patient, you should be able to return home after eating a small amount of food, passing urine, and if you feel comfortable. If you are an overnight patient, our consultant team and nursing staff will decide on the best departure date and time.

Your nurse will discuss your discharge, recovery steps and answer any questions you might have. Following your discharge, your nurse will also discuss any medication you need to take home with you.

Before you leave, kindly settle your account for any personal charges such as visitor meals. It’s also important to arrange for someone to escort you home when you’re discharged.

Resuming normal activities

Follow your consultant’s advice about returning to work and normal daily activities such as exercising. We will give you a certificate covering your hospital stay, but you will need to see your GP for a certificate covering the time until you return to work.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your hospital stay or discharge.

Before your procedure

After arriving and checking in at our hospital, you will be shown to your room, where you will have a chance to settle in. Our team will give you an identity bracelet, and they will ask you to confirm your medical information.

Our team will also check your blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate, and temperature. Please give any medication you have brought with you to the nurse. You can then change into a gown and surgical stockings, if required. Your surgeon and/or anaesthetist will visit you to answer any questions and to reconfirm your consent.

Your room

Your private room includes a TV, WIFI, air conditioning, a direct dial telephone, and a bathroom. Our staff will clean your room and provide fresh linen and towels daily.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if there is anything we can do to help make your time in our care more comfortable.

Visitors

In order to keep your loved ones, other patients and our colleagues safe, visitors may be restricted during your stay with us. You can speak to any member of staff to establish current visiting permitted at the time of your visit as this may change in line with Covid-19 government guidelines.

Please do get in touch prior to attending the hospital if you have any questions.

After your stay - first 24 hours

Drink plenty of fluids and eat light meals after you’ve been discharged. Take any medication exactly as prescribed and we’d advise that you arrange for someone to help you with bathing and household activities.

During the first 24 to 48 hours following your discharge, do not drive or operate machinery or make any important decisions or sign contracts for at least 24 hours after general anaesthetic or sedation.

After your stay - first weeks

One of our nurses may contact you to check on your recovery during your first weeks back at home. Please call Schoen Clinic London on +44 20 3929 7320 if you have any questions or concerns after your stay.

You will receive personalised exercises from your physiotherapist to support your recovery. If you have any questions or concerns, contact our physiotherapy team on +44 20 3929 1060.

You may also see your consultant for a follow-up appointment depending on the surgery you have had.