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When you come to The London Clinic for treatment we will do everything we can to make your stay with us as pleasant as possible.

Getting ready for your surgery/procedure

If you are coming into The London Clinic for surgery or a procedure, you will have already seen your consultant and decided to undergo an operation. Their secretary will have sent out a letter confirming the date and time you need to come to hospital, as well as special instructions. These may include:


  • If you are to undergo a procedure under sedation or general anaesthetic, you will need to fast from food for six hours and water for two hours. This is unless you have been advised otherwise by your consultant.
  • You may have a light meal such as toast and butter six hours before surgery and you are encourage to have sips of water up to two hours before your surgery.
  • You are advised to stop chewing gum two hours before your surgery.


  • You may take your regular medication as advised with sips of water.
  • Please check with your doctor which medication you must stop before your surgery if you are diabetic or if you take blood thinning tablets (such as but not limited to, Warfarin, Aspirin, Clopidogrel).
  • If you are not sure about the fasting requirements and what medication you need to stop please contact your consultant.


  • If you are having a procedure which involves sedation and/or general anaesthetic and you are going home on the same day, you need to arrange for a friend or relative to take you home by car, and not by public transport, and look after you for 24 hours after the procedure.


  • You should take a shower or bath using soap on the day of surgery or the night before.
  • It is also advisable to remove all body piercings, contact lenses, make-up and nail polish before your operation to reduce carriage of unwanted bacteria and to allow your skin and nails to be assessed for healthy circulation.


You may need one of our interpreters on hand to help understand information about your procedure once you are in hospital with us if English is not your first language. 

other tests

Other tests may be taken before the procedure such as a blood test, urinalysis, X-ray, MRI or CT scans.

If you are unwell a few days before your surgery

If you are sick, have a cold or flu, or if there have been any recent changes in your health, call your surgeon a few days before coming in for surgery.

smoking and alcohol

We encourage that you do not smoke or drink alcohol for 24 hours before your surgery. It is certainly best if you have stopped using these substances before your surgery, but even 24 hours of abstinence is helpful.


If the patient is known to need a carer please inform the secretary in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. 

Coming into hospital

Learn more about your room, facilities and visiting hours

What to bring with you

A checklist of items to consider bringing with you for your stay

Food at The London Clinic

Find out about our award winning chefs and browse sample menus.

Your opinion matters to us

We always welcome patients’ suggestions and comments about their stay at The London Clinic.

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Treatment enquiries: +44 (0) 207 616 7693Consultant appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7693 Prices for self funding patients: +44 (0) 203 219 3315Physiotherapy appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7651X-ray and scan appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7653Invoice and payment enquiries: +44 (0) 207 616 7708

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