We observe all patients after surgery to ensure you are ready to go home. The usual time for discharge is 2 hours after surgery but you are welcome to stay longer if you are not well enough to leave.
If you are a day surgery patient, it’s important to have a responsible adult take you home and stay with you after your surgery.
You can often feel well after your operation, but the effects of the anaesthetic can persist for some time. Please ensure you travel home in a private car or taxi and don’t drive a car on the day of your operation.
We provide you with personal post-operative instructions before you are discharged, as well as phone you the following day to see how you are feeling and answer any questions you may have.
If you are transferred to a post-operative ward for recovery, please see the Canberra Hospital page <link to new Canberra Hospital page> for more information.