Day Surgery

The Day Surgery Unit is located on Level 3 of the St Vincent’s Clinic Building, 438 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst. It is unique in offering patients access to a wide range of technically advanced surgical procedures that require either a ‘day only’ or overnight stay. The Day Surgery Unit accommodates patients who are a day only admission, those who are required to stay overnight or longer are transferred to the Private Hospital for the post-operative period.The car park is accessed from Barcom Avenue, Darlinghurst. Parking fees apply

Pre Admission health questionnaire and information forms

If your admission is within the next seven (7) days, please:

  • Scan and email to or
  • Hand deliver to Admissions on Level 4 of St Vincent’s Private Hospital, 406 Victoria St Darlinghurst

If your admission is greater than seven (7) days:

  • Scan/email, or deliver as above
  • Mail the forms using the enclosed pre-addressed, free-post envelope.

Pre-Admission Contact by Nurses

  • A nurse from the Preadmission Clinic will contact you generally 2-3 days prior to your scheduled admission date. Please ensure we have the correct contact details (mobile and email if you have them) on your admission forms to ensure you can be contacted. If you have not been contacted one (1) working day prior to your scheduled admission, please contact the Pre-Admission Clinic on 02 8382 7459 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
  • Your Preadmission nurse would have given you instructions on your medications and any pre surgery instructions to follow.

On the day before you are scheduled for admission:

You will be contacted via SMS to your mobile for your arrival and fasting instructions. If you do not have a mobile, you will receive a telephone call. 

Admission to the Hospital

  • Please arrive at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Level 4 Admissions at your scheduled time. Patients can be dropped off outside the Private Hospital main entrance in Victoria Street. Public Parking is available at either St Vincent’s Public Hospital (entry via Victoria St) or St Vincent’s Clinic (entry in Barcom Ave). Parking fees are applicable in both carparks. 
  • Follow your instructions from doctors and nurses regarding your fasting instructions. Failure to do so may result in not being able to have your procedure.  
  • A normal meal is recommended the evening before surgery unless your doctor instructs otherwise. Do not consume any alcohol.
  • Do not smoke for at least 12 hours prior to surgery.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to take off and on.
  • In some circumstances patients may be required to stay overnight in the Hospital for additional treatment. While no guarantee can be given, every effort will be made to accommodate your room request. Please note some funds require a gap payment for overnight stays and single rooms. 

What to bring for Day Surgery:

  • All the medications you are currently taking in their original containers. Your GP or pharmacist can provide you with a list of these medications, the dose and times you take them.
  • Your eye glasses and case. If you wear contact lenses, you will not be able to wear them during the procedure so please bring your lens case for storage.
  • Any dentures or hearing aids and the containers in which to store them.
  • All entitlement cards eg, Medicare, Safety Net, Veterans Affairs and health fund cards, pharmaceutical entitlement number and your credit card.
  • All recent X-rays, scans or films.

Please do not bring:

  • Valuables, including jewellery, watches and electrical devices as there is no secure facility to hold these.
  • Large amounts of cash (unless settling your account in cash on admission).
  • Large luggage and suitcases as these cannot be accommodated

The Hospital accepts no responsibility for loss of any personal items such as jewellery, hearing aids, dentures, glasses, etc.

If there is any change in your general condition such as a cold, or fever, please contact your doctor the day prior to your scheduled procedure.

On the day you are scheduled to have surgery: 

  • Follow instructions from your doctor and nursing staff including fasting instructions. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Shower before arrival.
  • Do not wear hair spray, body lotion or perfume.
  • Do not wear any jewellery including wedding rings, earrings and piercings, makeup or nail polish.
  • Do NOT exercise on the day of your surgery or procedure.

On admission to the Day Surgery Unit:

  • You will be admitted by our patient services staff and escorted to the Day Surgery Unit.
  • Your anaesthetist will see you before your procedure. It is important that you discuss with the anaesthetist any specific medical conditions, drug sensitivities, past anaesthetic experiences or concerns you may have.

Staff will check that you have signed the consent for your procedure. If you have not done this prior to your admission, you will be asked to do so by your doctor prior to any sedation or anaesthetic being administered.

If you are having eye surgery:

  • Most eye surgery (cataracts and corneal grafts) is performed in the clothes you are wearing at admission. For your comfort and to assist the nursing staff please wear something that opens down the front.

After your day only procedure:

  • Our staff will notify your relative or escort with a time that you will be ready to be discharged. 
  • We recommend that you do not travel on public transport after your procedure (this includes air travel). 
  • Any medications prescribed for you due to your surgery will be provided to you at discharge. This will be billed to your account and may incur charges not covered by your health insurance company.
  • Staff will explain post-operative instructions to you and/or your relative/escort before you are discharged. 
  • It is recommended not to drive a motor vehicle or operate heavy machinery or make important decisions for 24hrs after your anaesthetic. 
  • You will be discharged once your escort has arrived to accompany you home. It is recommended that someone be with you overnight where possible. 
  • The following day, you will be contacted by phone from the Discharge Nursing team. 
  • If you are worried about your recovery, you should contact your specialist or the Hospital on the below number. 
  • If you do not feel comfortable regarding your discharge, please speak to the nurse who will listen to you and escalate any concerns where necessary.

When you arrive home you should follow these instructions.

  • After surgery you should rest for at least 12 – 24 hours and arrange for someone to stay with you in case you need assistance.
  • Do not drive a motor vehicle for 24 hours after surgery if you have had a general anaesthetic or sedation as you may not be covered by insurance in the case of an accident.
  • It is in your best interest not to make important decisions, operate complex or dangerous equipment, or do anything which requires you to be alert and coordinated for 24 hours after general anaesthetic or sedation.
  • A nurse will contact you the day after surgery to check on your progress.
  • If you become worried about anything you should contact your doctor or the hospital.