Preparing for hospital

The following information is designed to assist you with your hospital stay and discharge preparations.

Pre-Admission Service

Your doctor may request that you attend the pre-admission assessment clinic during the two weeks prior to surgery. If you are having major surgery (as listed below) we suggest that you contact us on 07 4120 6142 for an appointment. 

Major surgery includes:

  • Total Hip or Total Knee Replacement
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Major Bowel, Liver or Cancer Surgery
  • Major Gynaecology (hysterectomy etc)

Alternatively, the hospital may contact you (depending on your procedure type) and undertake a telephone assessment.

If attending Pre-Admission Assessment Clinic, please take along your completed admission forms if not already sent in, together with a list of your medications and any other information your GP may have provided to you.

Please contact your doctor or specialist a week before surgery if you are:

  • Diabetic – to determine insulin or medication adjustments that may be required.
  • Taking blood thinning drugs such as aspirin, clopidogrel, warfarin, dipyridamole or any anti-inflammatory drugs.

Before your Day Surgery Admission

The following information is designed to assist you with your day hospital stay and discharge preparations.

Please ensure you follow doctor’s instructions for when to stop eating and drinking before your surgery, and any preparation required.

Please ensure you have arranged for a family member/friend to pick you up from hospital and stay with you for 12-24 hours after your surgery.

Please contact your doctor or specialist a week before surgery if you are:

  • Diabetic – to determine insulin or medication adjustments that may be required
  • Taking blood thinning drugs such as aspirin, clopidogrel, warfarin, dipyridamole or any anti-inflammatory drugs.

You may require some level of care when you go home. If you live alone this should be discussed with your doctor before admission, and appropriate arrangements made in advance.

You are required to organise your own transport home. The Queensland Ambulance Service only provides transport to doctor approved patients with specific medical conditions.

What to Bring to Hospital

Preparing for your admission in advance will help to ensure that your hospital stay is as comfortable as possible. Please pack the following items, where applicable:

  • Completed hospital admission forms that have not already been forwarded to the hospital (Please note that, ideally, all forms as provided in the "Admission Information – Inpatient" booklet should be sent in to the hospital in advance of your admission date.)
  • Any doctors’ letters / x-rays / scans pertaining to your condition
  • A certified copy of your Power of Attorney or Advance Health Directive documents, if applicable
  • Nightwear, dressing gown, non-slip slippers/footwear (low, well fitted with enclosed heel/toes)
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)
  • Glasses, hearing aids etc with their appropriate cases
  • Physical aids
  • Medicare/DVA, Pharmacy or Safety Net cards
  • Credit Card (or other payment means)
  • Private Health Insurance card
  • Cash for incidentals ($20 or less)
  • All of your current medications in the original bottle or box (including complementary) in sufficient supplies for your stay (and/or prescriptions). If you take more than four medications you should obtain a full list of these medications from your doctor or pharmacist.

Please DO NOT BRING: jewellery, large sums of money, electrical appliances or other valuables.

The hospital takes no responsibility or liability for loss of money, valuables or other possessions.

Medications

You have been requested to complete the medication list on the Patient History and Nursing Assessment Form.  Your medication list should include:

  • names and strength of the dose of the medication
  • times and how you take each medication
  • why you take the medication
  • any allergies, intolerances and reactions to medications

Unless otherwise advised by your doctor, please take all routine morning medications with a small amount of water.

On the Day of Admission

Prior to admission please:

  • Ensure that you’ve followed doctor’s instructions for when to stop eating and drinking before your surgery, and any preparation required.
  • Bathe or shower and wash your hair at home.  Use plain unperfumed soap unless provided with special soap.
  • Do not use any powder, deodorants or creams.
  • Do not wear make-up, jewellery or nail polish.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol for 24 hours before surgery.
  • Bring a small secure bag for your belongings.

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