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Expert care


How can I prepare for my Anaesthesia?


  • Try and stay fit or get fit eg by walking swimming
  • Eat well and stay rested
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Stop smoking 6 weeks before

Before coming to hospital:

patients who are a high risk or who are preparing for major surgery will be required to have a preoperative appointment with their anaesthetist in their rooms.

  • Bring a list of medication -dosage and strengths to the appointment
  • Some medication may need to be stopped or varied eg blood thinners, diabetic medications upon instruction by your anaesthetist
  • Know any allergies to what drugs that may have occurred
  • Bring with you any relevant letters or test results from other doctors

Your anaesthetist will perform a health and fitness assessment to enable them to discuss your anaesthetic options with you and any concerns about anaesthesia you may have.

If a preoperative appointment is not required please fill out the¬†preoperative assessment form on your anaesthetist webpage and email back to the doctor’s personal email¬†address that is supplied. Thank you.

General fasting instructions:

  • No solid foods or dairy products should be consumed 6 hours before your surgery.
  • For a morning procedure fast from midnight.
  • For an afternoon procedure have a light breakfast before 7a.m.
  • You may continue to drink water 4 hours before your surgery.
  • You may then continue to have sips of water up until 2 hours before your operation.


Day of operation:

Patients should arrive at the hospital/health care facility at their allocated time so that they can be admitted and health checks performed by the nursing staff prior to the scheduled surgery.

The hospital/health care facility will notify patients when they must arrive.

Your anaesthetist will also visit you for a preoperative check.

After your operation:

Patients are taken to the recovery room where the anaesthetist and nursing staff will continue to monitor and keep them as comfortable as possible.

You will feel drowsy for a little while after you wake up. You may have some discomfort or pain, a sore or dry throat, feel nausea or have a headache. These are temporary and usually pass quickly.

Only when you are fully awake and comfortable will you be transferred back to your room/ward or be released.

Learn more by going What to Expect or Preparing for Anaesthesia in the PDF brochure link.