Day Surgery

Images showing Day Surgery facilities and staff across East Kent Hospitals

Advances in surgical technology mean that more operations can be done in day surgery. This means patients are under anaesthesia for a short time and do not need to stay in hospital overnight.

At East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, we offer one of the biggest ranges of day surgery procedures in the country. Typical operations include:

  • cataract extractions

  • hernia repairs

  • varicose veins

  • removal of metal plates used following fractures

  • wisdom teeth extraction

  • squint surgery

  • gynaecological procedures

  • orthopaedic (bone) operations

  • Laproscopy (keyhole) surgery

  • removal of lumps (lipomas), bumps (cysts) and moles.

We do everything we can to make your day surgery as pleasant and stress-free as possible. We use comfortable armchairs instead of hospital beds and, for the surgery itself, special movable trolleys that are ideal for both surgery and recovery.

After that, it's back to the arm chair to relax until a friend or relative comes to collect you. Or if you wish, a companion can stay with you all day.

Nurses are there to help if you feel unwell and to answer any questions before or after your operation. Refreshments are available following recovery at no charge.

Very rarely there are complications, in which case you would be transferred immediately to the appropriate main ward.

You will leave with full advice on anything you need to do or know following your operation plus the number of a 24-hour helpline. The next day someone from day surgery will telephone you to ask how you are getting on.

Day surgery is provided at:

Information about our hospitals

Please click the links below for lots of information about visiting our hospitals (including travel and parking):

The Day Surgery Centre at Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury

  • Tel: 01227 783114

Channel Day Surgery at William Harvey Hospital, Ashford

  • Tel: 01233 616263

The Day Surgery Centre at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate

  • Tel: 01843 234458