Sip Til Send is a new approach to fasting, for adults, prior to their operation. You can now sip clear fluids whilst waiting for your operation, please see below for details of which liquids are included in this.
Some of the benefits of this include:
Avoids prolonged periods of fasting
Keeps you hydrated before going to theatre for your procedure
Staying hydrated may help you recover more quickly
It can also reduce headaches, nausea and anxiety
What you need to know
- You may drink clear fluids on the morning of your surgery.
- Clear fluids include water, diluted squash, or fruit juice without bits.
- Do not eat any solid food, milky drinks, fizzy drinks, or sweets (including chewing gum) 6 hours before your surgery.
- Whilst waiting on Surgical Admissions Unit (SAU) you will be encouraged to sip up to 1 glass (170mls) of clear fluids every hour.
- You can also have a cup of tea or coffee on arrival to SAU with up to 15mls of milk.
- There are some exceptions to this which will be discussed with your anaesthetist on the morning of surgery.
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.