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Fasting Before Surgery

It is important that you do not eat or drink, as instructed by your doctor.  This is usually 6 to 8 hours before any surgical operation.
If you feel hesitant about fasting before surgery, please contact the hospital for advice.

This requirement is very important as any food or drink remaining in your stomach prior to an operation can cause serious danger for you, if there is vomiting under anesthesia.  Parents, please be very careful with young children.

On the Day of surgery

  • Wear comfortable unrestrictive clothing
  • Remove all nail polish and make up
  • Shower or bath the morning of your operation
  • Remove all jewellery except your wedding ring

What to Bring

  • Sleepwear; dressing gown and slippers
  • Personal toilet articles
  • Favourite toy or cuddly for children
  • Your Hospital/Medical Benefits Fund card
  • Any pharmacy entitlement cards for prescriptions
  • X-rays
  • Recent test results (within the last six months)
  • Medicare card
  • All medications that you are currently taking (in their original packaging)
  • A small amount of cash for incidentals only

Please do not bring valuables or jewellery.

Accommodation in the hospital

Every endeavour will be made to provide you with the type of accommodation that you select.  Sometimes it is not possible to allocate private rooms at the time of admission but we will transfer you as soon as possible to your requested accommodation.

Some medical conditions require treatment in the High Dependency Unit.   The High Dependency Unit is equipped with special monitoring devices and, by design, is located close to the main nursing station.  This unit is designed to add to your safety and to ensure a rapid recovery after major surgery.

The ward areas are under the supervision of the Nurse Unit Manager during week days, and there is a Registered Nurse in Charge on evening, night and weekend shifts.  The Director Hospital/Nursing is available to speak with you at any time.