Preparing for hospital

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

Pre-Admission Service

Our pre-admission assessment clinic is available to patients undergoing surgical procedures at St Stephen’s Hospital. Appointments are generally made two weeks prior to your surgery date.

If you are undergoing one of the following procedures, call us on 07 4120 6130 to make an appointment:

  • Total hip or total knee replacement.
  • Spinal surgery.
  • Major bowel, liver or cancer surgery.
  • Major gynaecology (hysterectomy etc).

If you are undergoing another type of surgery, your doctor will advise you on whether you should attend one of our clinics. Alternatively, we may contact you to conduct a telephone assessment.

When attending your pre-admission assessment appointment, make sure you bring:

  • Completed admission forms (if not turned in already).
  • A list of your medications.
  • Any other information your doctor provided to you.

Preparing for 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.

Ensure you follow your doctor’s instructions for when to stop eating and drinking before your surgery, and any preparation required. You should also make arrangements for a family member or friend to pick you up from hospital and stay with you for 12-24 hours after your surgery.

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.

For more information about discharge, please visit our Going home from hospital page.

Day of admission

Ensure that you’ve followed doctor’s instructions for when to stop eating and drinking before your surgery, and any preparation required.

You should also:

  • 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.

Please bring to hospital:

Please bring to hospital

  • Documentation

  • Medications

  • Personal belongings

Staying safe during your stay
Your safety and wellbeing is our top priority. Learn more about how we can help you avoid falls during your stay.
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