Admission to Hospital in UK

What to expect when you are admitted for laparoscopic surgery for suspected ectopic pregnancy in the UK.

Your gynaecologist should have discussed with you the risks and benefits of the surgery but when you arrive you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and you will be asked to sign a consent form.

You will be admitted to a bed on the ward, asked to change into an operating gown and you will be fitted with a patient identification bracelet. You will have your vital signs checked including your pulse, blood pressure and temperature. You will also be fitted with stockings, known as TEDS, to reduce the risk of developing blood clots in your legs. You will have a blood test before your operation to check your blood count and also to identify your blood group.

As you will have  your surgery under general anaesthetic, you will be seen and assessed by an anaesthetist. You should not take any food or drinks for at least six hours before your surgery, but you are allowed to drink clear (see-through) fluids up to 2 hours before your surgery. You may have small sips of water to take any tablets at any time up until your surgery. You may be given paracetamol or ibuprofen before the operation, but most patients do not require any other pre-medication before surgery.

Transfer to the operating theatre is usually on a trolley. You will stop in the anaesthetic room and have your paperwork, including the consent form, and identification checked. If you don’t have a drip in your arm this would be inserted before you are given your anaesthetic. Once asleep you will be transferred to the operating theatre.

Dr Richard Mason, Anaesthetist

March 2021