Before your tonsils or adenoids operation Easy Read
What time should we come to the ward?
You should get a letter with the date and the time you need to come to hospital.
If the operation is on the morning, you need to come at 7.45am.
If the operation is in the afternoon you need to come at 12pm (midday).
What if I am unwell or have a temperature?
Telephone the hospital on 0114 271 7286.
They will tell you if it is safe for you to come in.
What time should I have my last food and drink?
If your operation is on the morning:
You can eat until midnight the night before.
You can have clear juice or water until 6am.
You cannot have anything after 6am. This includes chewing gum.
If your operation is on the afternoon:
You need to have finished your breakfast by 7.30am.
You can have clear juice or water until 11am.
You cannot have anything after 11am. This includes chewing gum.
What will happen when we arrive on the ward?
A doctor called an anaesthetist will visit you and may put some numbing cream on your hand. This is so it does not hurt when a tiny tube is put into your hand for pain medicine.
A nurse will take your temperature, weight, and put a name band on your wrist.
You will get changed into your pyjamas or theatre gown.
If you have long hair you will need to tie it up with a non-metallic band.
You need to take off any nail polish and jewellery.
You can either walk or be taken to theatre on a trolley.
Your parent or carer can go into the room with you until you fall asleep.
How long will the operation take?
You will be asleep for about 2 hours all together.
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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.