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surgery candidates are admitted as patients and prepared in the pre-operative
patient care area. About half are discharged on the same day of their surgery.
facilities at the Royal Children's Hospital include 14 operating theatres, two
patient recovery areas and the Central Sterilising Services Department (CSSD)
which features the latest equipment and facilities for washing and
re-sterilising all reusable patient care equipment and instruments.
Stage 1 Recovery patients are monitored until they are awake and breathing
normally. At that point they can be moved to Stage 2 Recovery (Day Surgery),
inpatient ward or possibly the intensive care wards (Rosella/Butterfly). Only patients who need to be placed in intensive care immediately after surgery
bypass Stage 1 Recovery.
2 Recovery is for day surgery patients who are admitted and discharged home on
the same day (approximately half of our surgery patients). These patients may
remain in Stage 2 Recovery from just 30 minutes to several hours, until they
are assessed as fit to go home. However, sometimes patients may be transferred
from Stage 2 Recovery to an inpatient ward, if their condition requires.
are admitted to hospital on the day of their surgery via Reception J - Surgery,
cared for in the pre-operative area, undergo their surgery, pass through Stage
1 and Stage 2 Recovery, and are discharged the same day.
are admitted to hospital on the day of surgery directly to Surgery via Reception
J - Surgery and cared for in the pre-operative area. They are moved to theatre
for their surgery and then monitored in Stage 1 Recovery until awake. After
surgery, they pass through Stage 1 Recovery and move to an inpatient ward,
where they may remain overnight of for a few days.
are already admitted to hospital and transfer from an inpatient ward or
Emergency straight to the pre-operative preparation area and into the operating
theatre. Following surgery, they may go to:
Care patients go directly to the operating theatre and then usually return
straight to Rosella - Intensive Care after surgery.
arriving at the hospital requiring urgent surgery will go directly to the
operating theatre and bypass the pre-operative area. After surgery, they are
usually transferred straight to Rosella - Intensive Care. If their condition is
stable, the patient will pass through Stage 1 Recovery and move to an inpatient