Arranging Your Cardiac Surgery

Following your outpatient consultation with your surgeon, it is likely that a date for surgery will be organised or your surgeon may suggest that you contact his secretary once you have had time to think about a date that is convenient to you.

Once an admission date has been agreed, arrangements will be made and confirmation documentation will be sent from the secretary detailing all relevant information required by your insurance company. You will need to provide this to your insurance company. Only then will your insurance company be able to confirm authorisation. This will need to be provided to the surgeon's secretary so the hospital can confirm the admission.

If you are not insured, an invoice will be sent directly to you for the outpatient consultation. You may wish to have your procedure covered by a Fixed Price Package (FPP) and a quote will be provided includes all hospital fees, surgeons fees, anaesthetist fees and a postoperative consultation. Once you have accepted the quote, the admission booking will be made. Full payment for a FPP is requested on the day of admission by credit card or cash, if paying by cheque the hospital will request payment seven days prior to surgery, if time allows.

What to expect

You may be asked to discontinue certain medications up to one week prior to your admission and this will be confirmed in writing.

You will be admitted to the Spire Southampton Hospital during the afternoon of the day before your surgery is planned. The surgeon and anaethetist will see you during this time and tests which are outstanding or need updating will be carried out. The surgery is undertaken the following day, routinely with one postoperative night in the Intensive Care Unit and an average length of inpatient stay of approximately one week. Following this arrangements will be made for your discharge and a postoperative outpatient consultation will be requested for 6-8 weeks from discharge.

Contacts

The cardiac surgery secretaries on (023) 8091 4481 or (023) 8091 4468.

Cardiac Surgery Office, Spire Southampton Hospital, Chalybeate Close, Southampton, SO16 6UY.