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Day Stay Patients

Please be aware that your Surgeon may suggest you stay overnight in Dunedin following your surgery. If this is the case, you will need to arrange your own accommodation for the night.

The following is a guide for what you will need to bring with you on the day of your operation:

  • Slippers with non-slip soles
  • Toiletry requirements and other personal necessities
  • All medicines and inhalers (in original containers / boxes) you are currently using or have recently taken
  • Items that you usually use or may have been given to use by an Occupational Therapist such as “helping hand”, toe drier and sock applicator
  • Your Patient Activity sheet, if your Surgeon has provided you with one of these

Do not bring;

  • Your vehicle as you will be unable to drive for 24 hours following your anaesthetic
  • Valuables such as jewellery and cash. Please note that Mercy Hospital is unable to take responsibility for the security of these items

Following your Surgery

If you are not staying in Mercy hospital overnight, you will be taken back to the Day Surgery Unit following your operation. Once you are awake, and feeling comfortable and able to eat and drink, you will be able to change back into your own clothes in preparation for your discharge. Nursing Staff will inform you of the time you may leave Mercy Hospital.

As an estimate:

  • Cataract patients stay approximately 2 hours
  • Arthroscopy patients a maximum of 4 hours
  • Endoscopy patients a maximum of 4 hours

Visiting Hours –for Coolock Day Stay Unit

Our Day Stay Unit has limited space for friends and family so the number of visitors to this area is restricted.