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The outside courtyard of the daycase unit at Ashford Hospital

Day Surgery means that patients come into hospital, receive their treatment and return home on the same day. It is now the treatment of choice for a large number of people.

A high quality Day Surgery Unit provides a service that most patients find preferable to staying in hospital overnight. The benefits that we offer include: shorter waiting lists, possibly less emotional upset and, hopefully, less disruption to both our patients and their families’ normal routines.

Patients who are admitted for Day Surgery are less likely to have their procedures cancelled.

Research has shown that, after surgery, patients are more likely to feel better and to recover more quickly in the familiar surroundings of their own homes.

Our aim is to confirm these findings.


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Information about access to our Daycase unit can be found on the AccessAble website.


Success and Safety

The success and safety of treatment in our Day Surgery Unit depends on our highly experienced and caring team who will:

  • Provide you with a welcoming, safe environment that encourages you to rest, relax and is comfortable to your needs
  • Ensure that you are appropriately selected, as not everyone is suitable for Day Surgery
  • Provide you with detailed instructions about how to prepare for Day Surgery and what to expect afterwards

It is important that patients read and follow these instructions.


An update on visiting at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals

Following an update on national guidance, those accompanying patients to outpatient appointments or the emergency department are no longer required to wear a facemask. You may wear a face covering if it is your personal preference to do so. Please ask a member of staff if you would like us to provide you with a facemask.

If you are visiting a patient on a ward, or in some clinics where patients are at high risk of infection (such as haematology), you will be asked to wear a facemask which will be provided by the team. This is so we can reduce the risk of infection transmission.

Visiting is no longer restricted to two hours, and visiting is no longer required to be booked by telephone. Please ensure that you visit during the normal ward visiting times. Please note that no more than two people should visit a patient at any given time.

Click here for more information and exceptions to visiting times.

Andrea Lewis, Chief Nurse
David Fluck, Medical Director