Anaesthetics & Fasting

Patient Information

Anaesthetics & Fasting

As a general rule the following fasting times are to be followed, however, your individual fasting time will be given to you when we ring you to confirm your admission time between 3pm and 6pm the working day prior to your planned surgery.

Fasting for General Anaesthetic

You should not eat for at least 6 hours prior to your admission time unless your doctor has indicated otherwise. Sips of water are permitted up to to 2 hours before your admission time.

Local Anaesthetics

Fasting requirements do not apply if you are having local anaesthetic. You may have an early, light meal.