Preparing for admission

 Preparing for your admission

Support services

Anaesthetic assessment

The day before your admission

Packing for your Hospital stay

The day of your surgery

Where to go for admission

Preparing for after the procedure/operation

Preparing for your admission

Support services

Organise your home, any necessary provisions and help you may need from family and/or friends to make you more comfortable when you get home from hospital.

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Anaesthetic assessment

If you are to have an operation, your doctor will refer you to an Anaesthetist.  We strongly advise you to contact the Anaesthetist’s rooms on (02) 6622 1285 for an appointment prior to your hospital admission date. This will save time on the day of surgery and allows your Anaesthetist to be thoroughly informed about your medical history and correct health so that you are provided with the best possible care.  Anaesthetist fees are separate from the hospital account.

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The day before your admission

Telephone St Vincent’s Lismore on 02 6627 9223 AFTER 2pm for your admission time and fasting information.

Have a pen and piece of paper ready to write down these details as it is extremely important these instructions are followed.

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Packing for your Hospital stay

What to bring to Hospital when staying overnight (or longer):

  • Private Health Fund Card for holders of private health insurance
  • Medicare Card
  • Pension Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card or Health Care Card
  • Veterans Affairs Card
  • Pharmacy Entitlement Card eg: Safety Net Card
  • ALL medications currently being taken – plus an updated list from your GP is ideal
  • Prescription Record Form
  • Sleepwear, dressing gown and slippers
  • Personal toiletries
  • Relevant X-rays and or scans
  • Small change for incidentals eg: magazines, confectionary etc.
  • Any aids you use eg: crutches, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aid (with spare batteries) etc.
  • Credit card or cheque book to settle your account
  • For children – favourite toy, dummies, bottles etc.
  • PLEASE DO NOT BRING any valuables or large amounts of cash as the hospital cannot accept responsibility for the loss of any personal items

What to bring to Hospital for day surgery

  • Private Health Fund Card, for holders of private health insurance
  • Medicare Card, Pension Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card or Health Care Card, Safety Net Card, Veterans Affairs Card
  • ALL medications currently being taken
  • Relevant X-rays and or scans
  • Favourite toy / dummies etc. for children
  • Credit Card or cheque book etc. to settle any outstanding accounts
  • PLEASE DO NOT BRING any valuables or large amounts of cash as the hospital cannot accept responsibility for the loss of any personal items

What NOT to bring to Hospital

  • Jewellery, valuables or large amounts of cash as the hospital cannot accept responsibility for the loss of any personal items.
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The day of your surgery

On the day of your surgery please do the following:

  • Prior to leaving home, have a shower or bath and use a clean towel to dry off.
  • Do NOT use any deodorant, powders, creams, moisturisers, makeup, nail polish or jewellery (a wedding ring may be worn

The above are infection control requirements and important they are carried out.

Day surgery patients must arrange for a support person to bring you to hospital and to pick you up (you will not be allowed to drive for 24 hours after your anaesthetic) as well as stay with you on the first night after your operation. Please discuss with the preadmission nurse if this is not possible.

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Where to go for admission

Admissions is located in the entrance off Avondale Avenue. It can also be accessed from Dalley Street by driving round to the back of the main building. Parking is available in this area and a pickup / drop off / disabled parking area is located to the right of the brick steps entrance. For patients unable to use the steps there is a lift from ground level directly in front of the disabled parking area.

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Preparing for after the procedure/operation

After your operation you will be transferred to recovery for immediate post-operative care.

Day surgery patients will be transferred to the second stage recovery room and accommodated in a comfortable recliner chair.  As soon as you feel like refreshments you will be offered tea or coffee, sandwiches and a dessert.  Special needs diets are also provided on request.

Patients staying overnight will then be transferred to their room. For information during your overnight stay please refer to the During your stay page.

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