Dr Wells is highly motivated to make sure you have the safest and most comfortable experience for your forthcoming surgery: the major reason this webportal was created was to better support YOU during your forthcoming surgery.
Firstly, for any significant procedure, I may SMS you and you to fill out my preoperative health survey; this is designed to identify any major issues that may need to be addressed prior to the day of surgery, and I urge you to complete this survey to assist me in providing a safer perioperative journey for you. Dependent on that survey I may contact you directly to provide specific preoperative instructions. Of course, if you wish to talk to me directly prior to your surgery, then by all means contact me on my contact form or leave a message on my phone voicebox.
Secondly, I want you to be as well informed as possible for your procedure. I may do this in several ways - for small procedures it may include some explanation on the day, or I may suggest you look at one of my specific blogs on this webportal. In addition, for certain procedures, I have created specific webportals to provide a more detailed guide: for example, if you are a pregnant woman and anticipate having a caesarean section or an epidural during labour with one of my obstetricians, then you are most welcome to look at my two associated hubs, Epidural Hub and Caesarean Hub.
Thirdly, in most cases your surgeon or the hospital will provide you with preoperative instructions on when to stop eating and drinking and what medications to either take or miss prior to your surgery. Very occasionally I may also provide additional instructions to these dependent on the situation, and may or may not refer you to some of my articles on fasting guidelines and diabetes instructions. However, these should not replace specific instructions you receive from your surgeon or the hospital.
Finally, after your surgery, I can be contacted regarding specific issues with pain or any other significant problems; or even just to provide feedback on your care. However, if you have been discharged, and it is an emergency, then obviously you should call an ambulance and attend your local emergency department, rather than wait for a delayed response through this webportal.
Until we meet!