Outpatient surgery covers all surgery procedures which can be completed in less than a day, without spending a night at the hospital. In this case you can be hospitalised for all or half a day, for an exploratory or surgical procedure under either local or general anaesthetic and returning home on the same day.

How do I prepare for my outpatient visit?

The anaesthesiology consultation

If required by the surgeon, you will need to see an anaesthetist before the operation who will answer your questions, assess any allergies, confirm the feasibility of the surgical intervention or exploration and explain the anaesthetic procedure.


For this appointment, you should bring any documents pertaining to your health condition (specialist consultation report, prescription, test results) and the completed file (yellow form).




Make an appointment


with the centralised appointments service either in person, behind the main hall, or by calling 01 46 25 25 25



Complete your file at home


  • the yellow "anaesthesiology questionnaire" form,
  • the pink "family and medical referee contact information" form (complete both sides),
  • the informed consent form

all of these forms should be brought to each appointment along with the guide book.


Pre-admission formalities are completed on the ground floor where the reception offices are open to the public 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday, and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturdays.


For this procedure you will need to bring the following documents:


  • Proof of identity (passport, identity card or residency permit)
  • Social security card ("carte vitale" or certificate of coverage)
  • Private (top-up, or other) health insurance registration card

The week before

the intervention

or exploration

Do not take aspirin or any other medication containing acetylsalicylic acid (Aspégic, Kardégic, etc.). If your treatment includes this, do not interrupt the treatment without consulting your doctor first.

Never take any new medication without first seeking medical advice.

Respect all preparation instructions provided for the intervention or exploration in question.

If something happens which may affect the outpatient procedure during the week before the intervention (fever, coughing, pregnancy, etc.) this must be signalled as soon as possible by calling 01 46 25 22 36 between 8:30am and 8pm.


  • 3 DAYS before the intervention


Do the hair-removal cream test (if the surgeon has prescribed this during the consultation and/or if this is specified in the outpatient's hand book).
Check that the prescription anti-sceptic soap has been acquired along with any other prescribed medicines or medical devices (pain-killers, compression bandages, support hose).


  • 1 DAY before the intervention


The patient will receive a call from the Hôpital Foch Outpatient Surgery Unit between 10am and 4pm, telling them the exact time they should come in and reminding them of the important instructions they must follow.
Preparations must be made before the intervention: shower (obligatory) and hair-removal if required.
Eat a normal evening meal.
Avoid consuming alcohol or tobacco.
Take an anti-sceptic shower; follow the instructions in the outpatient handbook.


  • On the day of the intervention


You MUST not eat or drink anything (including sweets or chewing gum), or smoke, for 6 hours before the appointment.

Only clear liquids (tea or coffee without milk, not carbonated) can be consumed up to 3 hours before the appointment.

Only medication prescribed by the anaesthetist or surgeon should be taken, with half a glass of water. On the morning of the operation, do not wear lipstick, nail varnish, contact lenses, piercing or jewellery.
Keep any prosthetics. These will be removed by the nurse before you are taken to the operating theatre.
Do not take any valuables (jewellery, money, etc.).

You must tell the nurse about any skin problems (scratches, spots, psoriasis, etc.) or allergy.

How to get to the outpatient unit?

How to

get to the outpatient


You will come to the Hospital on the morning of your intervention or exploration procedure and you will return home on the same day without staying the night at the Hospital.


In the morning, go directly to the outpatient surgery unit at the given time without first going to reception or the admissions office.

You can be dropped off in front of the Hospital entrance on rue Worth (opposite the Railway station) or park your car in the Roosevelt car-park (avenue Franklin Roosevelt).


In the afternoon, if someone comes to pick you up a few hours before you leave, they should park in the Roosevelt car-park.

Why should you stay in contact?

Why should you stay

in contact?

Between 10am and 4pm on the day before the intervention or exploratory procedure, the patient will be called by the Hôpital Foch outpatient surgery unit.


This will be to fix the exact arrival time (this may have changed since the consultation) and remind the patients of the instructions they must follow.


Between 10am and midday on the day after the intervention, the Outpatient unit will call to make sure there have been no complications. The patient will be asked about their general state of health, and they will put them in relation with a doctor if any explanations or advice are required.

How will I be surveyed after the operation?

What happens after?

After the operation, the patient's conditions will be surveyed for between 2 and 8 hours (depending on the procedure). They will not be medically authorised to leave the hospital unless their state of health allows this.


Where a general or loco-regional anaesthetic has been used, the patient must be accompanied by an adult when they leave the hospital. They will not be allowed to drive a vehicle themselves.


In addition to this, an adult must be present at the patient's home during the night immediately following the intervention or exploratory procedure: the patient must not be alone. The patient may be refused medical authorisation for their departure if the patient cannot comply with these instructions.


When you return home, you must follow these instructions:

  • Avoid eating too much, drinking alcohol or smoking.
  • Only take prescribed medication.
  • Avoid making any major decisions or working too much.
  • Do not drive a car or any other potentially dangerous machinery.

If necessary, the GP or the Hospital's duty anaesthesiologist are authorised to answer questions and provide advice related to the after-effects of the operation.
Who can I contact?

Who can I contact?

If necessary, the GP or the Hospital's duty anaesthesiologist are the two people authorised to answer questions and provide advice related to the after-effects of the operation.


The Hospital's duty Anaesthesiologist:

01 46 25 22 36

Your departure.

Leaving the



What formalities need to

be completed?

You will be allowed to leave when the medical staff authorise this.


All departures will be organised by the department depending on the patient's state of health. In all cases, the medical staff are there to help complete the procedures and ensure that you leave under the best possible conditions.


However, if you leave without medical authorisation you must sign a waiver to free the hospital from any responsibility for the risks to the health of the patient.