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Adult Day Surgery Unit (ADSU)

Adult Day Surgery Unit (ADSU) specialises in the care of patients having a surgical procedure as a day case. Within the Adult Day Surgery Unit patients are cared for in single-sex bays. Each single-sex bay has a designated single-sex toilet and washing facilities adjacent to the bay.

Patients will be given information about their admission at their 'Fit for Surgery' or pre-operative assessment appointments.

How to find us

ADSU is in the South Block on Level 3.

The nearest car park is the multi-storey car park. On level 2 go through the Main Entrance and take a left into centre block at the welcomers desk. Continue up the corridor to South Block. ADSU is on level 3. Use lift or stairs behind the league of friends tea bar. 

Drop-off points only are available in the South Block car park, off Redlands Road.

Any other information

Advice before your surgery

  • If you are under 16 years old you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • You must make arrangements to be taken home by car or taxi and accompanied by a responsible adult after your operation. An adult should remain with you for 24-hours, or ideally even 48-hours.
  • You must not drive a car or any other vehicle, or operate machinery or appliances such as cookers and kettles, for 48-hours after you have returned home. Anaesthetic drugs can stay in your system and can affect your judgement and reaction.
  • On the day of your operation, the person accompanying you should ring the unit to get the estimated time of your discharge. Alternatively, if they are present when you are being admitted, they can ask a nurse for a more exact time then.
  • You must have access to a telephone at home in the event you experience problems after you have been discharged.
  • You will be advised about taking any regular medication but you should bring any regular prescribed medication, in its original packaging, with you.
  • Do not wear any make up or nail polish, or bring any jewellery/valuables with you (other than wedding rings).
  • Please have a bath or shower before you come in.
  • We recommend that you bring a dressing gown and slippers as you will be walking to the operating theatre. It is not necessary to bring night clothes.

If for any reason you are unable to keep your appointment, please let us know by telephoning the speciality number on your letter.

If you are unwell on the day before your surgery, i.e. if you have a common cold or sore throat, telephone the unit on 0118 322 7622 for advice, as we may not be able to carry out the procedure.

The staff on the unit wish to make your stay as pleasant and anxiety-free as possible. Speak to the nurse in charge if you have any queries or concerns.

Mobile Phones allowed: No

Flowers: Flowers are not allowed as it is a unit for day case patients only.

Wheelchair access: Yes

What to bring / how to prepare:  As advised in patient information leaflets

Related Department: Surgery, Urology, Orthopaedics

Conditions treated: musculoskeletal problems, hernia, urological problems, haemorrhoids, gallstones



Useful contacts

Adult Day Surgery Unit
South Block
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
London Road
Reading RG1 5AN
0118 322 7622
Fax: 0118 322 8214


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