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Adult patients discharged following procedural sedation

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  • As part of your treatment you have been given medication that relieves anxiety and helps relaxation.
  • You may have required a strong painkiller to be administered, either by mouth or as an injection.
  • You may have experienced a short period of memory loss during the time that the sedation is working.
  • You have been kept in hospital until you recover sufficiently from the effects of the sedation and painkiller.
  • It is however possible that your judgement and/or coordination may be impaired for the next 24 hours.

We advise that you adhere to the following points for the next 24 hours

Non-urgent advice: Do:

  • Remain with a responsible adult.
  • Rest quietly.
  • Drink plenty of fluid and eat a light diet.

Urgent advice: Do not:

  • Drive a car or any other vehicles including bicycles.
  • Operate any machinery or appliances such as cookers or kettles.
  • Drink any alcohol or take other sedative medication/drugs.
  • Lock the toilet door, or make yourself inaccessible to the person looking after you.
  • Undertake activities involving heights.
  • Undertake sporting activities.
  • Be the sole carer for young children.

Please telephone your GP or NHS 111 should you have any worries or concerns following discharge from hospital.

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Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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