Step 3: Recovery
The entire multi-disciplinary team work together to ensure that your stay at the Centre is as comfortable and streamlined as possible.
The team of experienced nurses are responsible for your general care after surgery. They will provide hands on day to day care and will co-ordinate you stay in hospital, liaising with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure a safe, uncomplicated recovery and timely discharge from SWLEOC.
After your surgery you will be admitted to PACU (Post Anaesthetic Care Unit), which is both a recovery and a critical care area. In PACU you will be closely monitored to ensure that you are recovering from your anaesthetic.
Once you are stable and your pain is under control you will be moved onto one of our wards. This could be after an hour, or following an overnight stay, depending on your previous medical history. PACU has standard recovery, high dependency and intensive care facilities to suit patients’ differing support needs.
We have two wards, Derby (first floor) and Oaks (second floor), each of which is managed by a senior nurse and overseen by our Matron. On the ward we will continue to monitor your vital signs and perform blood tests to ensure you are stable and recovering well.
The physiotherapists carry out a plan of rehabilitation tailored specifically for your individual needs and a Pharmacist will also be present each day to review your medication
Growing evidence suggests that you make a quicker recovery for surgery if you are assisted out of bed as soon as possible. Initially you will sit in the chair and take a few steps. Over the next few days you will progress to walking to the toilet and attending a rehabilitation programme.
The aim of the treatment plan is to help you regain your independence and ensure that you can walk with sticks or other appropriate walking aids as required and climb stairs.