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Surgical Wing

Surgical Wing


Here you will find the most qualified human and technical resources for your care. We want to share with you a series of recommendations for surgical patients:

  • Personal hygiene: full shower with hair wash, thus avoiding possible infections.
  • You must not wear make-up, lipstick or nail varnish.
  • Do not wear jewellery or objects of value (rings, piercings, necklaces, medals, etc.) as they cannot go into the operating theatre.
  • You must bring the pre-operative study and the duly signed informed consent forms (for surgery and anaesthesia).
  • You must fast for at least 6 hours prior to admission, including water.
  • You must take your usual medication up until admission provided that the anaesthetist or surgeon does not indicate otherwise. If you were indicated any type of medication to take in the pre-anaesthesia consultation you must take it.
  • You must bring all the medication that you usually take.
  • If you are allergic to any medication, communicate this upon admission.
  • If you have dental prostheses or any other prosthesis that is not fixed (for example, contact lenses, etc.), you must remove them, if possible, before entering the operating theatre.
  • Remember that you must bring your identification document (national identification document (DNI), passport, driving licence, etc.) and your Healthcare Card.
  • Go to main admissions; they will tell you to complete your admission. If you are going to be admitted as an inpatient, Admissions will process all the admission documentation. You will be admitted to a cubicle you can be accompanied by a relative during the pre-surgery waiting period.
  • If you are going to be operated on in the day hospital or outpatients department, go to "Pre-admission".
  • The receptionist will ask you for the contact telephone number of the person accompanying you so that they can advise them when the operation is over.
  • If you do not have anyone accompanying you, Patient Care will be advised and you can leave your bag in the storage area with Security. If you wish, objects of value may be left in the Hospital's safe.
  • During your registration at Pre-admission, the nurse responsible will take your vitals, place a peripheral IV if necessary and collect all your reports to append them to your history.
  • When you are moved to the operating theatre, the person accompanying you must leave the Pre-admission cubicle with all of your possessions, which can be left in the storage area. They may remain in the waiting areas until a room is assigned.
  • After the surgery, you will be moved to the PACU (Post-Anaesthesia Care Unit) or the ICU as planned or necessary. The surgeon will inform your relatives of the result of the surgery. The patient will remain in that unit until the anaesthetist signs their discharge and they are moved to:
    • A room if admission to hospital is d.
    • The Recovery Unit if they are a day hospital or outpatient. In this case, a relative is allowed to the patient and thereafter they will be DISCHARGED and sent home.
  • Remember that you have undergone surgery and anaesthesia even if the procedure seemed small to you. You should have someone with you upon discharge.
  • During the day of discharge you must rest and refrain from dangerous activities or activities requiring concentration or decision-making.
  • Avoid being in charge of people dependent on you.
  • Avoiding driving motor vehicles.
  • Do not eat large meals; repeated consumption of small quantities of food is recommended. Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Follow the recommendations of your surgery discharge report.
  • If you have any queries on your surgical process upon discharge, do not hesitate to ask the healthcare personnel. If at home you suffer any symptom that does not abate with the recommended treatment or any strange symptom, do not hesitate to contact the hospital or go to the A&E department.
  • Post-operative and rehabilitation for the elderly: if you need personalised care, Sanitas places Residences for the Elderly at your disposal, with stays and programmes specifically designed for professional rehabilitation in the shortest time possible. In addition, you can take advantage of preferential rates. More information on 902 55 74 86.



Admission, access to certain specialist areas and tests will be by order of a doctor. Consult with your corresponding doctor.


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