Having surgery at UCLH: video guide for patients  

Knowing what to expect from your surgery will not only help you plan and prepare for your admission to hospital, but will also help your recovery after your surgery.  

There are different types of surgery that can vary in outcome and the days patients spend in hospital. The appointments and preparation, however, that patients go through before and after their surgery are very similar, regardless the surgery they have. Patients and staff at UCLH have helped put these short films together explaining to you, your family and friends what to expect from this process, if you are thinking about having surgery under the care of one of our hospitals. We hope you find this information useful. 

Please note: There may be references in some of the videos to the Eastman Dental Hospital and the Heart Hospital. These are now part of Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals and University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

01 - Having surgery at UCLH - An introduction

02 - Making the decision to have surgery at UCLH

03 - Attending pre-assessment clinic at UCLH

04 - Before coming into hospital at UCLH

05 - Travelling to UCLH

06 - Having an anaesthetic at UCLH

07 - Your operation at UCLH

08 - After your operation at UCLH

09 - Recovering from surgery at UCLH

10 - Going home from UCLH after surgery

11 - Other professionals after your surgery at UCLH

12 - Attending follow-up clinic at UCLH

13 - Surgery at UCLH - Joan's story

14 - Surgery at UCLH - Richard's story

15 - Surgery at UCLH - Kathryn's story

Visiting University College Hospital for surgery

This short video guide for patients with learning disabilities and their carers attempts to explain what to expect when coming to hospital for surgery.