Coming into hospital

Coming into hospital can be an unfamiliar and sometimes daunting experience. Below is a guide of what to expect, so you feel as comfortable as possible.

Coming into hospital

Your time of arrival will have been confirmed in your admission letter. While your time of admission does not always determine the time of your operation, it is important that you arrive on time as Sonja and the anaesthetist will want to meet you before the operation. Please be aware that you may wait some time prior to going into surgery for this reason, but we will do our best to minimise this time.

Patients are usually advised not to drive for a period of time after surgery, therefore we would advise you to arrange for a relative or friend to drop you off at the hospital and collect you again on departure.

We will need your consent before examining or treating you. You will be asked to sign a consent form before going to the operating theatre and after you are happy with all information given.

If your operation takes place under general anaesthetic, you will need to remove any nail varnish, nail extensions and cosmetics beforehand. Jewellery, including body piercings, will need to be removed, especially jewellery on a hand which is about to be operated upon. If you struggle to remove well-fitted rings, please try to get them removed by professional jewellers in advance to avoid the need for rings to be cut in the hospital in order to let your procedure go ahead.


All appointments, correspondence and enquiries are handled through the Practice Manager: Arabella Burwood

Ashtead Hospital, The Warren, Ashtead, Surrey KT21 2SB

Tel: +44 (0)845 026 7776 | Fax: +44 (0)845 026 7772