Preparing for Hospital

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

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.


Arrival

A member of staff will contact you between 12 noon and 6 pm on the business day prior to your admission to notify you of your required arrival time. If you are being admitted for a cardiac procedure, you will be telephoned after 3.00pm. If your procedure is on a Monday, we will call you on Friday. If your procedure is the day after a public holiday, we will call you on the last working day prior to the holiday.

Please make sure you leave a contact number for that day in the details you provide to the hospital.

If you’re unable to be contacted the day before your surgery, please call the Same Day Centre between 3 pm and 6 pm, on tel: 02 8382 7560.

For patients who are NOT scheduled for surgery, we ask you to arrive at the hospital for admission between 2–3 pm unless your doctor advises otherwise.

Please arrive at the main reception desk on Level 4.  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.

While every effort is made to meet preferences for private rooms, we can’t guarantee that your choice will be available at time of admission. If you’re allocated a private room and your health insurance does not cover private room fees, a gap payment will apply.


Fasting

If you’re required to fast before your procedure, your nurse or doctor will advise you when to stop eating and drinking and which medications you can still take. The fasting time may vary depending on the type of anaesthetic you are having.


What to bring?

Please bring to hospital:
•Any medications you’re currently taking in their original containers. Your GP or pharmacist can usually provide you with a list of these medications, the dose and times you take them.
•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.