You may have a pre admission assessment to make sure you are ready for your procedure. You may be assessed over the phone or you may need to attend an appointment at the hospital. During this assessment you will be advised if you will be treated in the Day Procedure Unit or need to stay for one or more nights in hospital.
You will get a Preadmission Health Questionnaire with your admission letter. This gives us important information so that we are able to provide safe and effective care to you. The Preadmission Clinic staff will review your general health care needs based on information provided by you and your doctor. You may receive a phone call from the Preadmission Clinic staff regarding your health and /or may need to come for an appointment at one of our Preadmission clinics to discuss your health and medications.
Please make sure that you bring all of the medicines that you take including prescriptions, medicines bought at the pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop or a current list of medications to your appointment.
The Preadmission staff are available to answer your questions about your surgery, and will organise all your care needs leading up to your surgery to ensure that you have the best possible health outcomes.
Patients admitted to the Day Procedure Unit for minor surgical procedures, Endoscopy, or medical interventions will be able to go home on the same day. You may have a light anaesthetic as part of the procedure and if so, you will not be able to drive home, you will also need to have a responsible adult accompany you home and stay with you overnight. If you are unable to arrange this, your procedure may be cancelled.
In some cases overnight care may be needed following the procedure. In these cases, the length of stay may vary from one night to several days. Staff will discuss your discharge day and time with you when you are admitted. It is important that you have arranged to be picked up by 10am on the day you go home.