Eye Day Unit and General Surgery
Anaesthetic drugs remain in the body for up to 24 hours and gradually wear off during this time.
During the 24 hours following your anaesthetic it is important to obey the following instructions as your coordination and logical thinking may be affected.
A responible adult must remain with you for 24 hours and you are advised to rest for the remainder of the day.
Take things easy the day after your operation and do not do any strenuous exercise
Do not drive any vehicles or ride a bicycle for 24 hours.
You will not be covered by your insurance and if involved in an accident you may be liable to prosecution
Do not operate machinery or appliances such as cookers or kettles
Do not lock the bathroom door or make yourself inaccessible to the person looking after you
Drink plenty of fluids and eat a light diet avoiding heavy or greasy foods
Do not make important decisions or sign any important documents for 24 hours after sedation
Do not smoke for 24 hours after sedation as it may cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness or fainting.
You may suffer with a sore throat that can last a few days
If you have any problems please contact:
Eye day surgery
Telephone: 01642 854556
Surgical Admissions Unit
Telephone: 01642 854603
Email: [email protected]
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like your feedback. If you wish to share your experience about your care and treatment or on behalf of a patient, please contact The Patient Experience Department who will advise you on how best to do this.
This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.