On the day before surgery, the patient will be prescribed oral neomycin 1g and metronidazole 400mg to be taken at 3pm, 4pm and 10pm. This will be dispensed for the patient in advance of attending for surgery. The medication will be collected on the day before surgery when attending the ward for administration of DVT prophylaxis.
N.B. All patients must receive bowel preparation with Vistaprep IN ADDITION TO pre-operative oral antibiotics.
To inform surgical site surveillance data collection, the consultant will record whether the patient took all prescribed doses of antibiotic in the medical notes.