Phase II Recovery Room (Day Surgery Recovery)


Patient teaching in the recovery room

After you have been discharged from Post-Anaesthesia Care Unit, you will be transferred to the Day Surgery Unit/Phase II Recovery. The goal of this unit is to provide patient comfort in terms of pain and nausea control. The patient and family will be given post operative information verbally and in writing, and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

  1. During your stay in Phase II Recovery, you will be monitored by a nurse who will assess your vital signs every 30 minutes which will include:
    • Temperature
    • Blood Pressure
    • Heart Rate
    • Respiratory Rate
    • Oxygen Levels
  1. Patient comfort in terms of pain control is a primary goal in Day Surgery/ Phase II Recovery. You will be asked to rate your pain in order to provide the nurse with the necessary information to tend to your needs.The pain scale we commonly use is rated 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain imaginable). The nurse will ensure that you are given proper pain medication. (Managing Your Pain pamphlet)
  2. The nurse will be monitoring your surgical site. You will also be monitored for nausea and medicated accordingly.
  3. You can expect to be in Phase II Recovery for at least 30 minutes.You may experience dizziness and be unsteady on your feet. Your care provider will need to assist you while walking and/or transferring from a lying /sitting position to a standing position.
  4. You will be encouraged to drink fluids. You may be expected to urinate prior to discharge depending on the type of surgery you have had.
  5. Family members or friends will be invited to be at your bedside.
  6. Your belongings will be returned to you. Please ensure that you have received all the items you had prior to your surgery.
  7. Post-operative instructions will be discussed with you and your caregiver, and any questions you may have will be answered.  We will also review the booklets and literature that you received in your Pre-Admission Clinic appointment.
  8. You should have an appropriate caregiver stay with you for 24 hours following your discharge from hospital. Safe and acceptable transportation arrangements must be made. London Health Sciences Centre Discharge Policy
  9. If you are traveling from out-of-town, you may be asked by your surgeon to find accommodations in London for the first post-operative night.
  10. With any serious post-operative questions or concerns, call the LHSC switchboard at:

519-685-8500 and ask for the resident on-call for the surgical service

  1. With any serious concerns, please go to the nearest emergency department
Patient being discharged from hospital


Your family member or friend will be asked to get the car (or taxi) and pick you up..

For University Hospital:

  • Patients should be met at the Security Desk near the emergency department doors.
  • Bring your car to Zone A, enter the doors by security and ask the security officer to contact Day Surgery on your behalf. A porter will bring the patient.

Map for patient pick-up


For Victoria Hospital:

  • Park the car and enter the "C" entrance door located near the Ivey Institute. angle parking is available.
  • Turn right and locate the house phone.
  • Call Day Surgery using the number listed by the phone.

Map for patient pick-up