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Your Admission Process
Click on the Forms tab, then click on the relevant form, complete the admission and consent forms and return to us 48hrs before your procedure.
Admission times will be planned to be approximately fifteen minutes prior to the anticipated starting time of each patient’s procedure. This will allow sufficient time for the patient to be admitted by the nursing staff but prevent the patient from waiting for unnecessarily lengthy periods.
Some times there will be a delay due to the prior procedure taking additional time, three hour stay is an estimated time.
Arrange to have a responsible person to drive/escort you home and be with you at home for at leave 12 hours.
On the Day
On the day of your procedure
Hygiene: Please shower prior to admission. Wear loose comfortable clothing. Apart from a wedding ring all jewellery and valuables should be left at home. Please bring into hospital any medications you are currently taking and your consent form/ paper work that your Doctor may have given to you.
Please check in with the front reception in the main foyer at the time indicated by your Doctor, and you will be directed to the admission waiting area. On your admission to the Day Procedure Unit, your carer/relatives will be advised of your approximate discharge time.
Your carer will be telephoned when you are ready to go home. As the unit is for patients only, due to safety, respect for patient privacy, and to provide you with the best possible care no visitors are allowed within the Unit.
You must not eat or drink anything fours prior to your procedure or as directed by the Doctor.
If you are diabetic requiring insulin or diabetic pills, ask your physician if you should change your morning dose. Generally, half of your normal long acting insulin is given. Oral hypoglycemic medications are usually not taken that morning until completion of the test and resumption of eating meals.
What to bring:
Refer to ‘Your Admission Checklist’
Parking is available free on hospital grounds. You must not drive for 24 hours following your procedure.
Any fees or excess not covered by your Health fund will be payable on the day of admission (prior to the procedure)
It is necessary for you to pay your account prior to your procedure. Your admission may be refused if you do not pay on admission.
Payment options include:
Payment can be made by cash, bank cheque, credit card (except Diners and American Express) or eftpos (please check your daily withdrawal limits).
The hospital is a totally smoke free environment.
We ask you to switch off your mobile phone within the hospital as it can interfere with electronic medical equipment.
During your stay
Recovery & discharge
Immediately after your procedure you will go through the stages of recovering. They range from being closely monitored while on a hospital trolley to the final stage when you are transferred into a recliner chair where staff will provide you with something to eat and drink.
If necessary, your doctor may speak to you about your procedure during this time. Discharge instructions will be provided and explained to you prior to you leaving.
After your procedure
Following the procedure you may experience the following:
- Drowsiness for a few hours – If possible, rest when you arrive home.
- You may experience abdominal discomfort or bloating, due to air introduced during the procedure. This feeling will pass.
- You may eat and drink your normal diet.
- You may have some local tenderness or bruising at the of the injection site used to administer your sedation
- Dizziness on standing from seated position, increase your intake of fluids and be wary on changing position will assist in reducing symptoms
Specific to Colonoscopy:
If a polyp was removed or biopsies taken – You may have a little bleeding from your rectum. If this is excessive or increasing you should contact your specialist or your GP or after hours present to your nearest Emergency Department for assessment.
Specific to Dilatation:
After a dilatation it is important that you only eat soft, sloppy foods for a number of days this will be discussed with you prior to discharge.
It is important to recognize early signs of possible complications. If you have chest pain, fever, trouble breathing, difficulty swallowing, bleeding or black bowel movements after the test, contact the doctor immediately.
It is most important that for the 24 hours after IV Sedation you must not:
- Drive a motor vehicle/machinery
- Drink alcohol
- Sign legal documents
- Conduct business agreements
- Return to work
This information is intended only to provide general guidance. It does not provide definitive medical advice. It is very important that you consult your doctor about your specific condition
Please report to the facility any signs or symptoms of infection that occur within 28-30 days of your procedure by calling the Director Of Clinical Services on 9460 4467
Your Admission Checklist
Use this quick check guide to make sure you are fully prepared for your day procedure visit.
- Complete the required admission forms and return to the hospital as soon as possible.
Bring with you
- Doctor’s admission letter (referral)
- Health fund number / DVA card / details (if applicable).
- Medicare card.
- Regular medications.
- Pension health benefits card (if applicable).
- Pharmaceutical benefits card (if applicable).
- Relevant x-rays and / or test results.
- Method for settling your account.
- Please do not bring valuables.
- Consent form (if applicable)