There is consensus among health care professionals that patients need and use written and oral patient education to prepare for hospitalisation. The purpose of this study was to re-design information for patients preparing for transurethral surgery (TUR P-B) and describe the effect of this change. A quasi-experimental design was used to answer the research questions. The findings showed that patients did benefit in some areas. The patients found a correspondence between what they were told to expect and what actually happened in the hospital. Nurses need to evaluate written materials to see that they are current and reflect best practice.