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Plastic surgery at Grey Base Hospital

On the West Coast, plastic surgery is done at the Brian Waterson Day Surgery Unit, at Grey Base Hospital. The information on this page explains what you need to know about your surgery.

What do I bring and prepare for?


Preparing for surgery

Where do I report for my appointment?

You will need to report to the reception desk at the main entrance of Grey Base Hospital.

Our contact details are:

Brian Waterson Day Surgery Unit

Grey Base Hospital

Phone: (03) 769‑7823

Fax: (03) 769‑2852

What will happen when I arrive?

The nurse will welcome you, check your personal details are correct, take some recordings, and show you to the waiting area.

After your surgery you will need to stay at the unit for between 30 minutes and three hours, depending on what type of anaesthetic you have had. You will also get your discharge information, including care of your wound and follow-up, which a nurse will explain to you.

Can I drive home?

We recommend that someone drives you to and from your appointment.

You will not be able to drive yourself home if:

Leg lesions

If you are having a lesion removed from your leg that may also need a skin graft you will need to be prepared to keep your leg up at home most of the time for the next five to seven days.

What about follow-up?

The nurse will tell you where to go to have your stitches removed and any dressings that may need changing before the stitches are removed. In most cases this will be done by district nurses.

The laboratory examination of any specimens taken will be reviewed by the plastic surgeon and sent to your GP, who will contact you with the results.

What will I do if I have any problems or concerns after my treatment?

First, please read the information you have been given about your procedure and after-care.

If necessary, please contact your GP or, if after hours, the Emergency Department. Please take the copy of your treatment summary with you. Your GP will refer you back to the service if required.

In the event of an emergency dial 111.

On the next page: Discharge and wound care advice after your skin surgery

Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Last reviewed June 2016.


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