Western Health has Pre-Admission clinics operating at Sunshine Hospital and Footscray Hospital. Our friendly staff will help guide you through your surgical preparation by completing your health assessment.
The Pre-Admission assessment may be done through a Phone Call by one of our Nurses, or by attending one of the clinics at Sunshine or Footscray Hospitals.
Clinic appointments at the hospital can take up to 3-4 hours, so please make sure you have eaten well and have a drink available and made any arrangements for child care and parking etc. You will be seen in order of your appointment time and there may be 2 or 3 people at the same appointment time. Please be aware you may also see multiple staff during your clinic appointment.
For Phone assessments, please be available to take the call around your allocated appointment time. The appointments have limited time allocation and some calls may take longer than others, so the phone call may not be at the exact time of the appointment given. Please have all your medications with you. You will also be asked your current height and weight.
The Pre-Admission clinic team works together to complete an assessment of your current health care needs for your planned operation. This is to ensure you are fully informed and prepared for surgery and safe to proceed.
Staff that you will see at your appointment may include:
Pre-Admission Nursing staff
Surgical Unit Doctors
Other staff you may see in clinic:
Occupational Therapist (for Orthopaedic joint surgery clinics)
Breast Care nurse (if not seen in Outpatients or Surgeons rooms)
Urology Nurse - 2 South Footscray, usually organised by the Urology Nurse
You may need some tests done during or after your visit or phone call: Based on the assessement from the Nurse, Surgical Doctor and Anaesthetist you may be required to complete some tests. It is important for you to attend these tests to ensure your suitability for surgery.
Blood or Urine Test (Pathology)
Radiology test (X-rays or CT or MRI)
Other tests such as: Cardiopulmonary Exercise, Echocardiogram or stress Echocardiogram.
Respiratory Function Test (Lung function)
All of your medicines in their original containers, including prescriptions, Webster or blister packs, medicines bought at the pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop and herbal remedies.
Recent private X-rays and/or Pathology results (done outside of Western Health)
Any contact details of your private specialist doctors e.g. Lung or Heart specialist.
Any Pacemaker or Defibrillator information and any recent check reports or letter from your Cardiologist
If you use hearing aids or glasses, please wear or bring them with you.
Medicare Card, Any other Health care cards such as: Pension, Health care, Veterans Affairs, PBS safety Net Entitlement card, Private Health insurance information
Others (If applicable): Workers compensation, TAC Claim information.
Footscray Hospital Gordon Street, FootscrayLocated on the 1st floor (Admissions) in North Block.
Sunshine Hospital176 Furlong Road, St. AlbansLocated on the Basement of Building AVia Lift 1 & 2 on the Ground Floor
Enquiries regarding your operation date or change of upcoming Pre-Admission appointment: Please contact: ELECTIVE SURGERY BOOKINGS OFFICE: telephone: 8345 1947
For enquiries or notification ON your Pre-Admission appointment day: e.g running late or unable to attend: Please contact Pre-Admission reception at the hospital where your appointment is scheduled :
Sunshine Hospital Pre-Admission reception: Telephone 8345 0620 Mon-Frid 8am - 4.30pm
Footscray Hospital Pre-Admission reception: Telephone 8345 6263 Mon-Frid 8am - 4.30pm
Interpreter Service is also available through Western Health
Please contact Interpreter's Office 8345 7148 if you are unsure if interpreter is booked for your appointment or you require an Interpreter