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Patient Information

Booking In for Overnight Admission

Your doctor’s rooms will advise the Hospital of the date of your admission and operation. Your doctor will give you a clear explanation of your operation and complete the consent form with you so that you understand what is involved.

When you have completed the forms required, please telephone the Pre-Admission Clinic on (02) 6627 9406 to make an appointment for a Pre-Admission assessment.

The Pre-Admission assessment will ensure your admission goes as smoothly as possible.

At your appointment the Pre-Admission staff will:-

  • confirm the date of admission and confirm all your personal details
  • confirm Health Fund details and any amounts not covered by your Fund
  • advise you of the hospital charges if not covered by a Fund
  • commence Radiology and Pathology work up if required
  • conduct a nursing assessment and also answer any further queries you may have about your procedure or admission, including any preparation that may be needed in the days leading up to your admission

If you are unable to attend due to distance or transport problems please post your completed admission forms to us as soon as possible, keeping the Patient Information page. When we receive the forms a staff member will telephone you to discuss your current health and admission details.

Booking In for Day Surgery

Your doctor’s rooms will advise the Hospital of the date of your admission and operation. Your doctor will give you a clear explanation of your operation and complete the Day Surgery Consent Form with you so that you understand what is involved.  Please deliver or post the Day Surgery Consent Form to the Hospital as soon as convenient.   If you bring the form personally you will be asked to complete another 2 forms.  If you post the Consent Form, a nurse will phone you to complete the required details.

Before You Come Into Hospital

Organise your home, necessary provisions and whatever help family and/or friends can provide to make you more comfortable when you go home from hospital.

Anaesthetic Assessment

If you are to have an operation, your doctor will refer you to an Anaesthetist.  We strongly advise you to contact the Anaesthetist’s rooms on (02) 6622 1285 for an appointment prior to your hospital admission date. This will save time on the day of surgery and allows your Anaesthetist to be thoroughly informed about your medical history and correct health so that you are provided with the best possible care.  Anaesthetist fees are separate from the hospital account.

The Day Before Your Admission

Telephone the hospital on (02) 6627 9223 AFTER 2pm for your admission time and fasting information, with pen and paper ready to write down these details. It is very important that you follow the fasting instructions given.

What To Do On the Day of the Surgery

Shower or bath prior to leaving home and use a clean towel to dry off (this is an Infection Control requirement).  Do NOT use any deodorant, powders, creams, moisturisers, makeup, nail polish or jewellery.  (A wedding ring may be worn).

Day Surgery patients should arrange for a support person to bring you to hospital and pick you up following the procedure as you will not be allowed to drive for 24 hours after having an anaesthetic.  It is recommended you have someone stay with you on the first night after your operation. . If this is not possible, it is recommended that your support person checks on you during the evening and the next morning by telephone or by short visits.

Where To Go For Admission

The Admission Office is located in the entrance off Avondale Avenue. It can also be accessed from Dalley Street by driving round to the back of the main building. Parking is available in this area and a pickup / drop off / disabled parking area is located to the right of the brick steps entrance. For patients unable to use the steps there is a lift from ground level directly in front of the disabled parking area.

 

After the Procedure / Operation

After your operation you will be transferred to recovery for immediate post-operative care.

Patients staying overnight will then be transferred to their room.

Day Surgical patients will be transferred to the 2nd stage recovery room and accommodated in a comfortable recliner chair.  As soon as you feel like refreshments you will be offered tea or coffee, sandwiches and a dessert.  Special needs diets are also provided on request.  The average length of stay for a Day Surgery procedure should be approximately 4 hours from time of admission.

When You Go Home

When the doctor has seen you and you are feeling well enough, you will be able to go home.  Please make sure you have a support person organised to collect you and drive you home.  It is recommended Day Surgical patients have someone stay with them on the first night after their operation. If this is not possible, it is recommended that your support person checks on you during the evening and the next morning by telephone or short visits. 
Discharge time for overnight patients is by 10am.

What to Bring to Hospital When Staying Overnight (or longer)

  • Private Health Fund Card, for holders of private health insurance
  • Medicare Card
  • Pension Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card or Health Care Card
  • Veterans Affairs Card
  • Pharmacy Entitlement Card eg: Safety Net Card
  • ALL medications currently being taken – plus an updated list from your GP is ideal
  • Prescription Record Form
  • Sleepwear, dressing gown and slippers
  • Personal toiletries
  • Relevant X-rays and or scans
  • Small change for incidentals eg: magazines, confectionary etc.
  • Any aids you use eg: crutches, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aid (with spare batteries) etc.
  • Credit Card or cheque book to settle your account
  • For children - favourite toy, dummies, bottles etc.
  • PLEASE DO NOT BRING any valuables or large amounts of cash as the hospital cannot accept responsibility for the loss of any personal items

What to Bring to Hospital for Day Surgery

  • Private Health Fund Card, for holders of private health insurance
  • Medicare Card, Pension Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card or Health Care Card, Safety Net Card, Veterans Affairs Card
  • ALL medications currently being taken
  • Relevant X-rays and or scans
  • Favourite toy / dummies etc. for children
  • Credit Card or cheque book etc. to settle any outstanding accounts
  • PLEASE DO NOT BRING any valuables or large amounts of cash as the hospital cannot accept responsibility for the loss of any personal items

What not to Bring to Hospital

  • Jewellery, valuables or large amounts of cash as the hospital cannot accept responsibility for the loss of any personal items.

 

 
 
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