On the day

  • Leave jewellery and valuables at home
  • Shower before coming to the hospital
  • Do not wear nail polish or make-up
  • Wear comfortable, casual clothing that can easily be removed
  • If you wear glasses, contact lenses, or you have dentures, bring a case in which these can be stored
  • If you are uninsured, full payment of your account is required at time of admission
  • Insured patient's accounts will be sent directly to the health fund.

Please Bring

  • Letters from your Doctor, Surgeon and Anaesthetist
  • Any relevant X-rays
  • All current medications
  • Health Fund membership details
  • Medicare Card
  • Entitlement Cards, eg. pension, Veteran Affairs, Health Care, Prescription Benefits cards

When you arrive

Please arrive at the hosital at the time and date advised on your form.
When you arrive, you should proceed upstairs via the lift to the first floor. You will be welcomed by reception staff who will take the necessary details.
If you are having a local anaesthetic your stay after the surgery will be approximately one hour. If you are having a general anaesthetic, you will remain at the Hospital for two to three hours.

  • If you have not had a pre-operative anaesthetic assessment before your admission, this will be carried out by the Anaesthetist when you arrive at the Hospital.

Patient Information

Please remember to complete and return the Pre-Admission Form to speed up the paper work on your arrival and to avoid unnecessary delays.

The completed form should be returned to the Hospital as soon as possible after your booking is made.

It is very important to ring your surgeon if you cannot keep your appointment or you develop a cold or illness.

Read all information provided by the Hospital carefully, including patient's "Rights and Responsibilities" which is displayed in Reception.

Before your surgery

Please do not smoke or drink alcohol for 24 hours before your operation if you are having a general anaesthetic.

Take any routine medications before 6am with one sip of water (unless otherwise instructed by your doctor)
Follow any pre-operative instruction given to you by your surgeon - ring us if you have any queries.

Fasting

If you need to fast before your surgery your doctor will inform you.

    If your surgery is in the morning:
  • Do not eat or drink after at least 6 hours prior to surgery unless instructed otherwise

    If your surgery is in the afternoon:
  • Have a light breakfast before 7am on the day and nothing to eat or drink after the time

After your surgery

  • After surgery you will be transferred to a recovery room
  • During your stay in the 1st stage Recovery Room, nursing staff will continue to monitor your progress and undertake regular checks until discharge
  • Once you are feeling better, you will be transferred to a comfortable recliner chair in the 2nd stage Recovery Room where you will be given light refreshments before discharge.

Discharge

  • Before leaving you will be given written and verbal instructions on dressings, medications and instructions for follow-up appointment with your doctor.
  • You will not be able to drive yourself or travel on public transport, except if you have had a local anaesthetic and your doctor agrees it is safe for you to do so.
  • Please make arrangements for someone responsible to drive you home. An escort is vital for your safety.
  • Nursing staf will arrange any relevant community health services for you before your discharge.

When you get home

During the first 24 hours after your anaesthetic (general or local anaesthetic with sedation), you must not:

  • Drive a car
  • Operate machinery
  • Drink alcohol
  • Take sedatives, tranquillisers or sleeping tablets
  • Sign legal documents or contracts

Medical emergency services

For any urgent medical treatment regarding your surgery, please contact your doctor's consulting room during normal hours, and the nearest public hospital Emergency Department after-hours.