Elective Surgery

  • Janet Gooch
Part of the New Approaches to Care book series (NAC)


The majority of patients admitted to a surgical ward have had the admission planned by their consultant and had their names entered on a waiting list. Some are given priority due to the nature of their condition but many become just ‘routine’ cases — to the ward, just everyday, run-of-the-mill routine. Not so to the patient himself, or to his family. For them this is one of the major incidents in their life and cannot be thought of lightly.


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© Janet Gooch 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet Gooch
    • 1
  1. 1.BrightonEngland

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