Preparing for your hospital stay at
Spire Little Aston Hospital

At Spire Little Aston Hospital we understand that coming into hospital can be a daunting prospect, therefore we want to ensure we answer your questions so that your stay with us is as comfortable as possible.

Taking care of you in a clean and comfortable environment

By now you will have seen your consultant and have been booked with us for your procedure, you will be given treatment specific information prior to admission which will give you details on preparing for your stay and what you will need to bring with you on the day of admission.

Generally we ask that you do not drink alcohol during the day before admission and if you are a smoker, you should try and cut down completely, especially if you will be having a general anaesthetic.

On the day of admission you will need to bring with you:

  • Dressing gown
  • Nightdress / Pyjamas (not required if you are a daycase admission)
  • Slippers (closed-in style)
  • Any current medication you are taking in its original packaging (including herbal medicines)
  • Books or magazines
  • Toiletries, including toothbrush, toothpaste and a hairbrush or comb
  • Any scans or x-rays relating to your admission

If you wish, you are welcome to bring a battery operated MP3/CD player. If you bring any electrical items that need to be plugged into an electrical outlet, these will have to be electrically tested on admission. We have free wireless internet in our patient rooms so you may wish to bring your laptop.

Visiting times are 10am-8pm, seven days a week.

If you require further information or have any questions that have not been answered in the admissions details provided here, please call Spire Little Aston Hospital's inpatient admissions department on 0121 580 7415

Preparing for admission

  • Treatment costs are agreed in advance and payment is arranged with yourself or your insurance company
  • Fasting instructions: please refer to your admission letter for details on your fasting schedule. The definition of 'clear fluids' is water only. Please refrain from chewing gum on the day of surgery 
  • Medication: please continue to take your prescribed medication (if any) unless otherwise informed. If you are currently taking Warfarin, Clopidog rel, Asprin, Tamoxifen, Oral contraceptive, HRT or regular herbal medicine, then please seek guidance from your consultant. Please bring all medication with you in it's origional packaging on admission to the hospital.
  • MRSA: as part of our infection control procedures at Spire Little Aston Hospital, we may request that we carry out a pre-operative risk assessment for MRSA, which takes into account your personal circumstances, recent medical history and the type of treatment or surgery you may be having. You must inform us if you have been an inpatient at another hospital within the last 12 months, if you are the resident of a nursing home or you work in a health care environment. If you need to be screened for MRSA, your nurse will do a swab sample.
  • Allergies: please inform us of any allergies or sensitivities (including latex) on the pre-admission questionnaire included with your admission pack.
  • Please complete and return the dietary information form. This is essential to provide us with information on your specific dietary requirements.
  • Pre-admission tests: these may be undertaken to assess your fitness for surgery. They are usually performed in pre-admission clinics prior to admission. These tests may not be covered under your insurance policy, or may be charged to your out-patient allowance depending on your insurance comapny. Pre-admission tess will be covered if part of an inclusive care package. Tests will vary on a case-by-case basis and we will keep you informed of all details.
  • Please ensure you complete the Assessing you for admission questionaire enclosed with your admission pack and return it as soon as possible.
  • There may be miscellaneous items and expenses, such as investigations, medications and physiotherapy consumables, that are not included in your main treatment cost.
  • You will be required to sign a consent form for your operation at some point between your out-patient consultation and your visit to theatre.

On the day of your admission

  • Please bring any X-rays or imaging CD's you may have
  • Please do not wear any jewellery (a wedding ring is the sole exception) and leave valuables at home. Unfortunately we cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to valuables
  • Please do not wear make-up, nail polish or nail extensions. This is necessary as we need to read the oxygen saturation of your blood by clipping a sensor to your finger.
  • Submitting credit card details simplifies payment for any items not covered by private medical insurance or inclusive care. These items may include visitors' meals, take-home medication, physiotherapy consumables and telephone charges. A statement of due charges will be forwarded to you following your stay with us. You will recieve the BEFORE your card is debited with the costs of treatment, which will enable you to confirm any charges.
  • Please note that after you have seen your surgeon and anaethetist, you may wait for some time until you have your operation. It may be permissable to drink clear fluids up until 2 hours before surgery, but only if you are advised that it is alright to do so.

Going Home

  • You must not drive for 24 to 48 hours following any procedure carried out under general anaesthetic or sedation. Please check with your motor insurance company and follow any advice we may give you on discharge.
  • Please make arrangements to be collected from the hospital by 9:30am in time for a prompt 10am discharge unless specifically instructed otherwise by your consultant or nurse.
  • Any medicines you take home with you following your stay with us will be accompanied by patient information leaflets. Should you have any queries or concerns about your prescribed medication then please call teh Pharmacy department on 0121 580 7408.
  • Any physiotherapy excercises will be explained and listed to take home with you. Should you have any queries or concerns about your rehabilitation, please call Physiotherapy at Perform on 0121 580 7131.
  • When you are discharged from the hospital, you will be handed a letter which needs to be given to your GP. It shows details of medication that you're taking and the surgery that you have undergone. We suggest that you make arrangements to give this letter to your GP as soon as possible following your discharge.
  • If you are worried about your condition following discharge, please do not hesitate to contact the Senior Nurse on 0121 353 2444 at any time of the day or night.

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Points to check with your Insurance Company

Spire Little Aston is open to everyone whether you are insured with Bupa, AXA PPP Healthcare, Aviva or any other major private health insurance company. Where possible we will arrange for your insurance company to settle your bill directly with us, however, please liaise with your insurance provider throughout the course of your treatment.

It is essential that you ensure all treatment or surgery is pre-agreed by your insurance company before admission.

  • Your insurance company will not usually pay the full cost of medicines prescribed by your consultant for use after you have been discharged from hospital. Please ask the pharmacist if you would like to know the cost.
  • Likewise, physiotherapy consumables are not always covered by insurance, so please check with your company before admission. We can advise you on the likely cost of these items at your pre-admission appointment.
  • If you recieve treatment bills from your consultant or anaethetist, please forward them to your insurance comapny. Credit card details provided by you on admission are used to pay hospital charges only. You should settle any invoices from surgeons or anaethetists seperately and/or forward them on to your insurance company for payment.

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