Joondalup Health Campus
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Pre-admission / Pre-appointment Information

Elective surgery, procedures, treatments and appointments

Elective surgery refers to non-emergency surgery that is medically necessary, but which can be delayed for at least 24 hours. If you have been scheduled for surgery, and placed on the elective surgery waiting list, the following information will assist you to understand the process.

Some outpatient appointments or appointments for specific treatments now require you to have a Rapid Antigen Test prior to your appointment or admission.

Joondalup Health Campus continues to review how to manage its readiness and response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.

Please read the following to prepare for your elective surgery, procedure, treatment or outpatient appointment.

  • Do you have a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath or a sore throat?
  • Have you developed a fever in past five days?
  • Are you experiencing muscle and joint pain, headache or fatigue?
  • Have you a recent loss of taste or smell?
  • Do you have abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea?
  • Have you been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  • Have you received a positive COVID-19 test result in the last 10 days or are you awaiting results of a COVID-19 test?
  • Have you or anyone in your household been advised to self-Isolate?

If you answer YES to any of the above questions, you MUST have had a COVID test AND have a negative result BEFORE you come to the hospital for admission.

Please note you may be required to isolate between your test and coming to hospital. You must bring the evidence of your negative test with you to the hospital or your presentation will be significantly delayed or cancelled.

Please call your treating consultant’s rooms to let them know that you have been tested and advise what your test result is when it is available.

If you have had COVID-19 in the eight weeks prior to your planned admission date please contact your consultant to make sure that he/she is aware of this.

Elective surgery refers to non-emergency surgery that is medically necessary, but which can be delayed for at least 24 hours. If you have been scheduled for surgery, and placed on the elective surgery waiting list, the following information will assist you to understand the process.

Some outpatient appointments or appointments for specific treatments now require you to have a Rapid Antigen Test prior to your appointment or admission.

Joondalup Health Campus continues to review how to manage its readiness and response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.

Please read the following to prepare for your elective surgery, procedure, treatment or outpatient appointment.

To maximise patient and staff safety, patients attending Joondalup Health Campus for an appointment or admission may be required to have a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) to screen for COVID-19.

Any accompanying approved essential visitor who is unvaccinated or has a mask exemption will need to complete a rapid antigen test (RAT) when they arrive at the hospital.

This quick test checks if you have COVID-19 and provides a result within 15 to 30 minutes.

The following information applies to:

  • planned elective surgery patients, including inductions of labour, booked maternity appointments, elective caesarean sections and paediatric surgery.
  • anyone attending an outpatient appointment for an aerosol generating procedure (AGP) or in an area with vulnerable patients
  • anyone being admitted for any medical procedure.

In the days prior to your appointment or admission you must obtain a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) from:

  • Your local supplier/pharmacy.
  • The JHC public reception – simply show your appointment SMS.
  • The treatment unit - for oncology/renal patients.
  • The outpatient clinic - for patients receiving specific outpatient treatments.

Prior to your appointment or admission you must:

  • Test yourself with the RAT using the instructions on the RAT kit.
  • Take a photo of the RAT result, at the time of reading the result, to provide time-stamped proof to show staff on arrival.

Please note: If you have not been able to perform a RAT prior to arrival, you will be required to complete a RAT upon arrival at the hospital.

Please bring with you any letters or e-mails you have received with details of you surgery / procedure / treatment or appointment.

Please do not bring a support person or partner into the hospital or clinic with you. Have them drive you to the hospital for you to attend the appointment on your own.

Only an approved essential support visitor/carer is allowed, with proof of vaccination.

If you are staying hospital for several days, please bring your overnight bag with you, or have it delivered to you during visitor hours where possible.

Do not attend for elective surgery, procedure, treatment or any appointment if you are unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms.

To allow sufficient time to complete your screening, please aim to arrive:

  • at least 30 minutes before your appointment or admission time

Enter the hospital via the JHC public main entrance (for all private and public patients, outpatients, renal dialysis etc). Patients receiving care in the oncology unit can enter the unit directly.

You will be asked to scan in/check in and asked routine COVID-19 screening questions.

You will be asked to provide proof of your RAT (i.e. time-stamped photo of test result).

If you have not completed a RAT or do not have the required proof, you will be directed to the hospital Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) tent to complete a test. Follow advice of the RAT tent staff. Staff will take a nasal swab as part of the RAT. It takes 15 minutes to wait for the result.

A nurse will help you complete the RAT. You will then be given some paperwork which contains information identifying that you have been screened.

Patients will be asked to wait in the RAT screening area until their result is ready.

If your RAT result is negative, you will be given paperwork to take with you and you may proceed to your appointment/ admission.

If your RAT is positive, you will be advised what to do, including what care you may need and whether your appointment/ admission will need to be re-scheduled.

Surgery or procedure

The risks associated with surgery or procedures are much higher for people with COVID-19 and must be weighed against the risks of delaying treatment.

It is likely that your surgery will be postponed if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be asked to have a PCR test (Healthy WA) for COVID-19 and then immediately return home and isolate as per the current COVID guidelines for WA.

If your treating team determines you need urgent care, your surgery may go ahead as planned with a range of additional precautions. This may include moving you to an isolation area.

If your approved essential visitor tests positive for COVID-19 this may also result in your surgery being delayed. Again, your treating team will determine the next steps in your care.

Outpatient appointment or attending for other treatment

It is likely that your appointment or treatment will be postponed if you test positive for COVID-19. If your treating team determines you need urgent care, your treatment may go ahead as planned with a range of additional precautions. This may include moving you to an isolation area.

Please be assured postponing your surgery, procedure, treatment or appointment due to a positive COVID-19 RAT does not mean you will go to the end of any waitlist or appointment slot.

Your procedure or appointment will be rebooked and you will be contacted with further details.

For further information

If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss with or call the clinic/area that you will be visiting for your appointment/ admission.


Pre-admission service

You may be contacted by telephone prior to your date of admission by our perioperative nurse, where a brief medical history will be taken and admission and discharge details will be discussed. Please take this opportunity to discuss any concerns regarding your admission.

You may also be requested to attend an appointment at the Specialist Medical Assessment Clinic. At this appointment you will be seen by a nurse who will speak to you about your hospital stay, ensure your paperwork is complete, advise what to bring to hospital and address any concerns you may have. In addition, you will be reviewed by an anaesthetist. Please bring any medications you are taking, including the doses to show the anaesthetist.

Prior to your admission, you will be contacted by the hospital with an expected admission time.

Fasting & medications

Please follow your doctor’s instructions in relation to eating and drinking prior to your admission. Fasting means nothing to eat or drink and no chewing gum for a specific time prior to your operation. Please check with your doctor to see if you should continue to take your regular medications on the morning of admission. If you are taking aspirin or blood thinning medication, you will need instructions from your doctor.

For patients staying overnight, please bring all your regular medications (in their original containers) and any repeat scripts and/or special authority prescriptions. Your medication will be given to you by nursing staff as ordered by your doctor. Any unused medication will be returned upon discharge.

In the interest of safety, please do not keep any medication in your possession.


Links

How to be Medicine Wise

Pre Op Wash instructions

Hospital Map