How long do I fast for?
The fasting guidelines are simple:
NO FOOD FOR 6 HOURS
CLEAR FLUIDS ALLOWED UP TO 2 HOURS BEFORE SURGERY
Clear fluids include water, clear fruit juice, energy drinks, black tea or coffee.
NO THICKENED FLUIDS OR MILK
In practice this means If you are scheduled for morning surgery you should fast from food from midnight but can drink fluid until you arrive at the hospital which is usually 2 hours before surgery starts.
If you are scheduled for afternoon surgery then you can have a light breakfast (finishing by ~0700am) then drink clear fluids until you arrive at the hospital.
You will be reminded of fasting times the day before your surgery.