Fasting Times

Appropriate fasting before your procedure from food and fluids is essential for safe anaesthesia.

Adults & Children

If your operation is in the morning you must not have anything to eat after 12 midnight.   However, we do not want you to be dehydrated so you may drink clear fluids (water, cordials, apple juice, black tea or coffee [no milk]) and I encourage you to do so up to 2 hours before your procedure.   A good rule of thumb is to drink these up until you get in the car to come to hospital.

If your operation is in the afternoon you can have a light breakfast before 7am.   Do not eat anything after this time.   However, we do not want you to be dehydrated so you may drink clear fluids (water, cordials, apple juice, black tea or coffee [no milk]) and I encourage you to do so up to 2 hours before your procedure.   A good rule of thumb is to drink these up until you get in the car to come to hospital.

Breast feeding

Breast feeding is permitted up until 4 hours prior to anaesthesia in infants less than 12 months of age.

Medications

All oral medications should be continued (with some water) before your operation, including during the fasting period, unless otherwise advised.   If you take medications for diabetes, you should have received information about what to do with these from your surgeon or the hospital.   If not, please contact Geelong Anaesthetic Group of 5222 3500.