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Coming into hospital for an operation

Thank you for choosing the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals.

We want to ensure your stay with us is as comfortable as possible and to help you get well as soon as possible. At any time during your stay, please feel free to ask any member of staff for assistance. If you experience any difficulties or have questions, please let us know. We welcome any suggestions that you believe will improve our services.

Being an informed patient is important. Knowing what to expect will reduce your anxiety, help make your hospital stay more pleasant, and it can also help speed up your recovery.

You may come to our hospital for any of the stays below.

Day surgery

Day surgery is when a patient has his/her operation on the day they were admitted to hospital and who goes home on that same day.

The majority of routine operations are now performed as day or short stay surgery. This benefits patients as they can return to their normal home environment as soon as they have recovered from the anaesthetic. Coming to hospital for day surgery.

Overnight stay

Before coming to the hospital you will be informed if you are required to make an overnight stay. Coming to hospital for an overnight stay

Inpatient stay

Patients who need to stay in hospital for a few days are known as inpatients. The time a patient stays in hospital depends on their surgery or illness and can range from a few days to a few weeks.