Preparing for Hospital

Some procedures require special preparation and specific instructions so it’s extremely important to follow the directions of hospital staff members while preparing for hospital, otherwise your surgery or procedure may be cancelled.

For more information about Planning for your Hospital stay click here (PDF 8.5MB) to download our hospital booklet.

If there is any change in your general condition in the lead up to your admission, such as a cold or fever, please contact your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Generally, a normal meal is recommended the evening before surgery, unless your doctor instructs otherwise.  Do not consume any alcohol.
  • Please do not smoke for at least 12 hours prior to surgery.
  • On the day of your admission, please shower before your arrival at the hospital. Dress in loose, comfortable clothing and please ensure you do not wear jewellery (including wedding rings, earrings and piercings), perfume, powders, creams, hairspray or makeup.

Online E-Admission Form

Following your consultation with your doctor, their practice staff will have now submitted your surgical theatre booking form to the hospital. Now it is your responsibility to complete your hospital online e-admission form, which includes your basic details and a detailed medical history questionaire. 

CLICK HERE to access the e-admission form.

Your doctors' staff may have provided you with an information resource that walks you through how to complete this online form, if you did not receive this you can download a copy now, click here (PDF 1.1MB).
It is extremely important that you complete this online paperwork as soon as possible so that our team are aware of any health issues you have that might affect your treatment.

When your online form has been submitted and received by the hospital you will be sent a confirmation email, this means that your booking has been successfully received by the hospital and will be processed by our team. Please allow 24 hours for this confirmation email and check your junk box. If you do not receive this email, please contact our team for support.

If you do not have access to a device with internet to complete this online form, you can come into the hospital and speak to one of the admissions team who can provide you with access to an iPad and set you up to complete the form onsite.


Consent Form

For your surgery to proceed and to avoid cancellation of your procedure you MUST have a signed consent for surgery form completed by yourself and your doctor. You must give this signed consent form to your doctors rooms to submit to the hospital before your surgery or alternatively you can bring this completed consent form with you on your day of admission.

Please note that if we do not have a signed consent form your surgery cannot take place. 


Preadmission Appointment

When you have completed your admission form online this will be received electronically by the hospital. Our team of nurses will then review your medical history and your doctors surgical booking form and make a decision as to whether a preadmission appointment is required. Your specialist may also requested that you have a preadmission appointment and referred you to our team.

Please note that you do not need to call the hospital to organise your preadmission appointment. Once our team have reviewed your paperwork they triage patients based upon when they are coming in for surgery and will contact you directly via phone to organise a suitable time for your to visit our preadmission clinic or to have a telephone consultation. 

The Preadmission Centre is located on Level 4 (ground floor) of St Vincent's Private Hospital Sydney at 406 Victoria Street in Darlinghurst. 


COVID-19 Screening

Prior to your admission you will receive a phone call from one of our friendly preadmission nurses to go through a number of important COVID-19 screening questions. This is an important measure to ensure that we continue to keep patients, visitors, staff and our doctors safe during this time.


Admission and Fasting Details

The day prior to your admission to hospital, you will be contacted by SMS between 2pm and 5pm with confirmation of your fasting requirements and the time in which you need to arrive at hospital.

When you receive this SMS it is extremely important that you respond to this message to confirm that you have received this information. If you do not have a mobile phone, one of our staff members will call your landline number. 

Please refrain from contacting our hospital about your arrival time and fasting details any earlier than 5.30pm the business day prior.


Patient Escort- Day Surgery Patients

If you are coming into hospital for a day surgical procedure you must organise for an escort to be available to collect you from the hospital and take you home. Our admissions team will ask you for the contact details of your escort upon admission to hospital and these will be given to our day surgical team to contact when you reach recovery post procedure. 

If you do not have an escort available to collect you following your surgery please ensure that you make your doctor and our hospital team aware of this before your day of admission so we can discuss your options. We have a range of local accommodation options with hospital discounts available that you can consider, click here (PDF 902KB) to download the flyer.

It is important to read the following information flyer regarding Day Surgery (Type B Procedures), click here (PDF 580.4KB), to understand why an overnight stay for a day surgical procedure cannot be accepted unless it is for medical reasons. 


Hospital Arrival

For patients who are NOT scheduled for surgery, we ask you to arrive at the hospital for admission between 2.00pm and 3.00pm unless your doctor advises otherwise.

Please arrive at the main reception desk on Level 4 (ground floor).  The receptionist will direct you to the admission area.

If you do not live in Sydney please provide the contact details of where you will be staying prior to your hospital admission.

A patient services representative will complete your paperwork, including prepayment of your account. You’ll be asked to check and confirm that the personal information you have provided is correct.


What to bring for your admission?

Please bring the following to hospital: 

• A list of medications you are, including dose and times, which your GP or pharmacist can provide. Please bring any medications you’re currently taking in their original containers, leaving scheduled medications at home. 
• Any doctors’ letters, scans and/or x-rays related to your condition 
• All entitlement cards e.g. Medicare, Safety Net, Veterans’ Affairs, Pensioner Health Card or Health Benefit Card (if applicable) 

If you’re staying overnight, please bring a small overnight bag with basic toiletries and sleepwear, as well as any other items you may need to make your stay comfortable. You may like to bring some small change for the purchase of newspapers, etc. 

Glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and dentures should be kept in a protective case when not being used.


What should I leave at home?


The hospital does not accept responsibility for loss, theft or damage to any personal property kept in your room. We therefore recommend that you only bring essential items to hospital and that large sums of money, keys, jewellery, personal papers and other valuables be left at home.

For safety reasons, please do not bring hairdryers, hot water bottles, electric blankets, oil burners, candles or incense. Large luggage or suitcases cannot be accommodated.

Please note: if you wear a personal medical alert bracelet, chain or band we will ask you to remove it and send it home. After we have documented the allergy or alert we will apply the hospital’s personal identification and/or alert band.