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If you are coming in to have an operation you are likely to be placed in one of our surgical wards and have your operation in one of our theatres.
The Operating Department looks after children having an operation.
The operation might be in any of the following specialised areas: Paediatrics, General Surgery, Urology, Neurology, Cardiac, Liver, Ear, Nose and Throat, Ophthalmic, Orthopaedic, Plastics and Burns.
We also provide Radiotherapy at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Oncology, Dental, and Endoscopy procedures.
We carry out over 100 operating sessions (with several children operated on in each session) every week, and approximately 13,000 operations every year.
Before your operation
When it is time for your surgery, you will be brought to the operating theatres. This could be from your ward or from our surgical day care unit.
You will first be taken to the anaesthetist where you will be given your anaesthetic. Depending on the operation you are having you might be given different types of anaesthetic, either to numb the area where you will have your surgery or to make you go to sleep so that you don't feel any pain during the procedure. You will then be taken into the operating theatre for your operation.
After the operation
After you have had your operation you will be taken back to your ward to recover or back to the Surgical Day Care unit, where you will be assessed before you are sent home.