Before you arrive
Your doctor will notify the hospital of the date of your procedure/operation and inform you of your date and time of admission. Your doctor will explain your procedure or operation and complete the consent form with you.
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.
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