Pre-admission Clinic

If you have been booked in for an elective surgical procedure, you will require and assessment prior to admission. This may happen by telephone or an in-person interview prior to your admission.

This pre-admission appointment will allow us to identify any risk factors before your surgery and ensure that we can minimise the risk of any complications during or following your procedure. We may also arrange for you to see an anaesthetist before your operation if necessary.

These pre-admission requirements reduce the possibility of your procedure being cancelled on the day of surgery.

The Pre-admission clinic is located on the first floor (enter through the main reception).

Pre-admission appointments

When we have received confirmation of your procedure from your surgeon, a Pre-admission Clinic Clerk will contact you to make an appointment.

If you cannot keep your appointment for any reason, please call the Pre-admission Clinic on 9391 2187 to reschedule.

What to bring to your pre-admission appointment

You will need to bring the following to your pre-admission appointment, if applicable:

  • your usual medication or a list of them (preferably from your GP)
  • a letter from your GP describing your medication history if extensive
  • any cardiology reports
  • x-rays, ultrasounds or other tests related to your procedure
  • your Medicare Card
  • your Medicare Safety Net Card
  • details of your private health insurance if required 
  • your pension/veterans’/health care card
  • reading glasses
  • any other papers relevant to your procedure (including any paperwork relating to Workers’ Compensation or the Motor Vehicle Insurance Trust if applicable).

What happens at your pre-admission appointment?

A Pre-admission Nurse will go through the following with you:

  • a pre-admission assessment
  • review of your medical history
  • surgery admission times and procedures
  • information about the surgery
  • fasting (if required)
  • measure your blood pressure, height and weight, and blood sugar levels (if you are diabetic)
  • organise additional tests if required
  • food allergies and intolerances to ensure pre-prepared meals are available during your admission.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions if you are unsure about anything related to your procedure.

You may be required to see the Pre-admission Clinic anaesthetist at your appointment.

You will need to arrange:

  • transport to the Pre-admission Clinic appointment
  • transport to the Same Day Unit on the day of your operation
  • an adult to take you home after your operation and to stay with you overnight (if undergoing a day procedure). Note: your admission may be cancelled if an adult is not able to stay with you
  • transport home on discharge
  • payment for any prescribed medication that will be taken home when you are discharged from the hospital.
Last Updated: 17/03/2022