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Day Surgery Unit

Patients are referred to this unit for minor surgery and investigative procedures. These are performed under general or local anaesthetic, and patients are discharged from hospital the same day of surgery.

The Day Surgery Unit (DSU) is located on the first floor, Marsden Wing at

The Royal Marsden, Chelsea

You may be cared for on this unit if you are undergoing surgery or an investigative procedure under general or local anaesthetic and are expected to be discharged from hospital on the same day.


You may be given a date and time for your admission at pre-assessment and will be contacted in advance if there are any changes to this.  You can also contact the DSU directly, the day before admission, between 3pm and 5pm if you wish to reconfirm your scheduled attendance time.

Details on how to prepare for your admission as well as what to expect during your stay can be found in the leaflets at the end of this page.

After surgery

After your procedure you will initially be looked after in the recovery area where nurses will ensure you are comfortable and recuperating well.  You will then be taken back to the DSU where you will be offered something to eat and drink and where you can prepare for your discharge home. This will include being given advice by the nurses regarding any postoperative care required, including dressings, sutures, and pain relief.  The nurses may also maintain telephone contact with you if necessary after your discharge.

We ask that you please ensure you have a good supply of Paracetamol +/- Ibuprofen at home.  These painkillers can be purchased in supermarkets and chemists.

Contact details

If you have any questions regarding your day surgery care please do not hesitate to contact us on the number below.

DSU telephone: 020 7808 2384

You can also contact The Royal Marsden Macmillan Hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for urgent concerns regarding your symptoms or care.  

Hotline: 020 8915 6899

The Royal Marsden, Fulham Road, London SW3 6JJ