Please take the time to watch this short video, to help you prepare for your upcoming hospital stay.
There are a number of things you must do to make sure that your time in hospital runs smoothly. It is important that you bring a number of items when you come to hospital to help us to give you ongoing treatment.
For Occupational Health and Safety reasons we ask that you only bring essential items into hospital with you. Please limit your items to a small bag about the size of an airline carry-on suitcase or to a maximum of 10kg. Please do not bring valuables or large amounts of money to the hospital. The hospital cannot take responsibility for personal belongings and valuables.
When you arrive you will need to register to make sure that your personal details are right.
Adult Day Surgery and Inpatient/Overnight Stay
Child Inpatient/Overnight Stay
Specialist Outpatient Clinic Appointments
Community Based Rehabilitation
Drug Health Services
If you are coming to hospital for any other reason and need to know what to bring please ask a staff member.
In general bring with you:
Private Health Insurance details
Safety Net card or Seniors Health card
TAC Claim details
Workcover Claim details
Your GP details
If you are staying for the day only you should wear clothes that are easy to take off and put back on after your treatment.
Patients staying overnight should bring:
You should also bring:
All current medicines that you take including prescriptions, medicines bought at a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop and herbal medicines
Essential medical equipment eg: CPAP machine
All relevant x-rays, scans
Loose comfortable clothing to wear during the day and sleep wear for hospital
Toiletries - including toothpaste, soap, deodorant, etc
Health aids (i.e. walking frame, hearing aid, etc)
Please look at the following checklist to plan your stay:
I have organised someone to take me to hospital
I have organised for someone to pick me up when I am ready to go home
I have arranged for someone to stay with me after I go home
I have organised a neighbour/next of kin/friend to look after my home and collect my mail
I have packed all current medicines
I have medically prepared for my surgery as advised by the pre admission staff
I have left all valuables safely with family/friends/home rather than bring them into hospital
I have packed loose comfortable day clothing and sleep wear and non-slip footwear for hospital. (maximum 10kg luggage)
I have packed adequate toiletries for my stay in hospital
For exampleSoapDeodorantToothpasteToothbrushShampooHairbrush or comb
Hairbrush or comb
Bottles and formula
Favourite toy, books, colouring books and pencils
Radios or hand held computer game should be clearly labelled with your child's name. It is your responsibility to look after these items.
Your VMR (Victorian Maternity Record)/Pregnancy Care Book – important to ensure your pregnancy information is available for those caring for you
Mothers Milk Booklet (given at 1st visit)
Health insurance details
Packets of maternity sanitary pads
1 packet of breast pads (not plastic lined)
1 box of tissues
Some coins for small items (for example newspaper)
Camera and charger
4 grow suits
2 pair of mittens
4 bunny rugs or blankets
Please bring, if appropriate:
Pension Concession Care
TAC Claim Number
Workcover Claim Number
Blood test results
List of medicines that you take including prescriptions, medicines bought at a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop and herbal medicines
X Ray or scan results
Please bring, if appropriate:
Any letters from your doctor
On your first appointment (Team Assessment)
Please bring (if applicable):
Veteran Affairs Card
Your GP's (doctor) contact details
List of medicines that you take. This includes prescriptions, medicines bought at the supermarket, chemist or health food shop and herbal medicines.
On every visit:
Wear clothes that are easy to take off and put back on after your appointment
Wear suitable shoes (closed in toes)
Any relevant scans/XRays/reports from doctors
Walking frame, if needed
Hearing aids and glasses, if needed.
If you are coming to hospital for an x-ray or scan please bring:
Any prior Radiology imaging that is relevant to the examination
Medicare Card/DVA card, if eligible
The request form for the examination if it was booked over the telephone
Your claim number If examination is relevant to a TAC (Motor Vehicle accident) or WCA (Work Cover) incident
Pre Chemotherapy planning appointment
Medicines that you take including prescriptions, medicines bought at the pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop or a current list of medicines to your appointment
Recent test results you have been provided
Any questions that you have. It is a good idea to write these down before coming to your appointment.
Pension or health care card (if applicable)
General Practitioner (Doctor's) contact details
List of current medicines including prescriptions, medicines bought at the pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop