Day Admissions

Short stay (day surgery) facilities are available if you require a minor procedure or surgery with admission and discharge on the same day.

As a day patient, you must assume more responsibility for your care, as you won’t be staying in hospital overnight. It’s important that short stay patients are familiar with the following processes and information to ensure their day surgery or procedure runs smoothly and that you can be properly prepared to go home following your procedure.

  • Pre-Admission
  • Admission
  • Discharge

If the patient being admitted is a child, please read this information in conjunction with information provided in the Caring for Children section.

Pre-Admission

Information in this section explains what happens in preparation for your admission to our Day Surgery Unit.

Your Hospital Booking

For planned admissions, the booking for your hospital stay will either be made by your admitting doctor or they may ask you to contact the hospital directly.

In either instance, following consultation with your doctor, please assist us by contacting the Admissions Office to arrange or confirm your booking with us at least five days prior to your admission where possible. You will be given a date and approximate time to arrive at the hospital for your surgery.

Complete Admission Paperwork

You should receive admission paperwork from your doctor’s rooms to complete. Please complete all the ‘Patient’ sections on the form and return it to the reception desk at the hospital at least five working days before your scheduled surgery or procedure. This confirms your booking and will ensure that we have everything ready for your arrival.

In some cases your doctor will book you in for the next day. It’s important that you contact us as soon as possible to confirm your admission and details relating to your hospital stay.

Confirm Cost Coverage

The cost of your procedure will vary depending on your level of health insurance and fund. Should you have any questions regarding the cost of your procedure or surgery, please contact us and ask to speak to our admission staff.

It’s your responsibility to pay for any costs you may incur.

We advise you too contact your insurer (health fund, Workers Compensation insurer or other) to confirm exactly what costs will be covered. See the following sections for additional information:

  • Insurance & Accounts
  • DVA

Admission Confirmation

You will be asked to contact the hospital the day before your scheduled admission to confirm your admission details including the time of admission, fasting requirements and any special instructions.

Getting Ready for Hospital

Before coming to hospital, please organise and note the following:

  • Shower at home before coming to hospital including washing your hair and cleaning your teeth
  • Don’t apply talcum powder, deodorant, perfume, make-up, nail polish, etc.
  • Don’t wear contact lenses
  • Wear cotton underpants, loose and comfortable clothing (especially loose pants if you are having surgery to your legs or feet) and low heeled shoes
  • If you are bringing a child to hospital for a surgery or procedure, it’s not advisable to bring other children with you as there are no facilities at the hospital to care for them
  • Take your current medications as usual on the day of surgery, with a sip of water, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor or anaesthetist
  • Do not smoke 12 hours prior to surgery
  • Leave all jewellery and valuables, other than a wedding ring, at home
  • Please arrange to be collected after your surgery or procedure by a responsible adult as you will not be allowed to drive home or take a taxi unaccompanied

To ensure privacy and a quiet atmosphere for other patients, visitors are asked to return at discharge to collect you. In the case of children, one parent or carer is allowed to remain with the child before and after surgery.

What to bring to Hospital

Please remember to bring the following to hospital with you as applicable to you:

  • All medications you are currently taking (in original packaging)
  • Relevant x-rays
  • Medicare card
  • Private health insurance membership card
  • Pensioner card
  • Veterans' affairs entitlement card
  • Safety Net or pharmacy entitlement card
  • Workers Compensation or other insurance details
  • Any letters from your doctor
  • Dressing gown and slippers or comfortable shoes
  • Glasses and physical aids (walking sticks, hearing aids, etc.)
  • A book to read, walkman or iPod
  • A dressing gown
  • Children are encouraged to bring a favourite toy or teddy.

Please DO NOT bring the following items with you:

  • Large sums of money
  • Mobile phones
  • Other valuables

The hospital accepts no responsibility for the security of patients' possessions, including jewellery, watches and money.
Note that mobile phones shouldn’t be used in many areas of the hospital as their signal may interfere with electronic medical equipment.

Fasting

It may be necessary for you to fast prior to your procedure or operation. This means :

  • No fluids or food by mouth
  • No chewing gum

It is also advisable to refrain from smoking a minimum of 12 hours prior to your surgery or procedure.

If the patient is a child, they must be kept under continuous observation by the parent, guardian or the person responsible for the welfare of the child, to ensure they have fasted.

Cold or Illness

Please contact the Hospital and your doctor if you develop an illness prior to surgery.

Admission

On Arrival

Your admission time will have been advised to you by our Admissions Office.

Please be on time. It is most important to arrive on time for your appointment to allow time for your pre-operative preparation. Please contact the Day Surgery Unit if you anticipate arriving later than the appointed time.

On arrival, please register at reception. You will then be shown to the Day Surgery Unit.

After being admitted by the nurse, you will be required to change in to a hospital gown and dressing gown. Usually the anaesthetist will see you prior to your procedure.

We wish to advise you may experience some delay or waiting time prior to your surgery. This delay is necessary to accommodate the clinical scheduling requirements of your treating doctors. We appreciate your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

In some cases you may be asked to shower prior to your procedure

What to Expect

After your surgery or procedure you will wake up in the Recovery Room where experienced staff will care for you. Once you have recovered from the effects of anaesthesia, you will be transferred to the Day Surgery Recovery Lounge where you will continue your recovery in a reclining chair and will be offered light refreshments prior to discharge.

You will usually be discharged two to four hours after the operation or procedure. For more complex procedures, the length of stay will depend on your post operative recovery.

Children

Children are encouraged to visit the hospital prior to their admission and one family member or carer is invited to remain with the child before and after surgery.

Types of Accommodation

Patients should be aware that our Day Surgery facilities are shared unisex accommodation.

Discharge

All patients are required to be formally discharged by the Day Surgery Unit staff.

On discharge, you will be given any necessary post-operative instructions, including your prescriptions, medications and x-rays and details of a follow-up appointment with your doctor if required.

All patients are required to report to Reception, located in the Main Entrance to be formally discharged. Reception is open Monday to Friday between 6:30am and 7:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm.

A comfortable area to wait for transport is provided in the hospital foyer.

Getting Home

If you’ve had heavy sedation or a general anaesthetic, you won’t be permitted to leave the Unit alone. Please note the following:

  • You will need to arrange to be picked up and organise a responsible adult to be present with you for the first night you are home following general anaesthesia
  • Staff will contact the person who is picking you up when you are fit to go home
  • Transportation home by taxi is not permitted without an escort who accepts responsibility to take you home
  • For your own comfort and safety, you shouldn’t consume any alcohol for at least 24 hours after discharge
  • After general anaesthetic, patients are not permitted to drive any motor vehicle, operate machinery or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours

Special arrangements can be made to assist DVA patients get home safely after their hospital stay.

If you have any questions regarding your Day Surgery Admission before or after surgery, please contact the hospital.