In preparing for your stay with us at The Park Private Hospital, there are some important things for you to do and to bring. Please note these to ensure that your procedure is a success and your stay a pleasant one.
Prior to your admission, please ensure that you complete the following:
- Send your Pre-Admission form to the hospital.
- Contact your health fund to confirm your cover.
- Ask your doctor about your medications and what to take before and during your hospital stay.
On the day of admission, we ask that you:
- Abstain from food and drink 6 hours prior to your surgery, unless otherwise advised by your doctor
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
- Arrange your transport home; either a friend to drive you or accompany you home in a taxi
What to bring on the day:
- Correspondence from your doctor(s)
- Past medical history from your GP
- List of your current medications and dosage information – X-rays and test results relevant to your procedure
- Any active Advance Health Directives
- Health fund details and settlement of outstanding fees due on admission – Medicare Card, Pension Card or other concession cards such as Veterans’ Affairs Entitlement Card Health Fund details.
What NOT to bring:
- Sleepwear – we will provide you with a gown.
- Hot water bottles and electric blankets.
Please be aware that The Park Private Hospital observes a strict no smoking policy. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on hospital grounds including car parking and garden areas. This policy applies to all individuals entering hospital grounds including patients.
Preparing to go home:
Prior to your discharge, you will be given instructions to follow when you return home. These instructions provide information about the routine care required following your procedure. Please clarify any concerns or questions before you leave the Hospital.
At home, if you have any other concerns, please contact your doctor or your general practitioner. The major effects of your anaesthetic or sedation wear off quickly, however, minor effects on memory, balance and muscle function may persist for some hours.
These effects vary from person to person and are not individually predictable. Because of this, please note the following:
- By law you are not permitted to drive within 24 hours after an anaesthetic or sedation.
- You should be accompanied by a relative or friend from Day Surgery to home, and it is strongly advised that an adult stay with you overnight following discharge.
- You should not operate machinery, schedule any important meetings or sign legal papers for 24 hours.