Day of Surgery Information

On the day of your admission

Preparation

  • If you have a Pacemaker/Defibrillator, you must bring your pacemaker/defibrillator information card with you.
  • Bring any scans or X-Rays relevant to your surgery.
  • Bring your hard lens or glasses case as these will need to be removed for surgery. Soft lenses can be worn in surgery.
  • Take your usual medications with a sip of water.
  • If you are a diabetic, DO NOT take your insulin, diabetic tablets or oral hypoglycaemics unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon or anaesthetist. Please bring ALL medications with you to be taken after surgery, in particular insulin.
  • Leave valuables such as jewellery at home. The Hospital cannot be held responsible for the loss of such items. A wedding ring is permitted but it will need to be removed or taped on for surgery.
  • Please wear loose clothing such as shirt/t-shirt or jumper, shorts or track pants and slip on shoes (no laces or long boots).
  • DO NOT wear make-up, nail polish or perfume.
  • Please bring some reading material. We make every effort to ensure that you go to theatre as soon as possible after your arrival. But, occasionally, there are unexpected delays due to a patient before you requiring extra theatre time.
  • Please make sure that if your escort is arriving after Reception has closed at 5pm, that they have the Recovery Room telephone number 9425 1681 to gain access. At North Shore this after hours access will be via the rear entry to the hospital.

On arrival

Please come to Reception where you will be welcomed and promptly checked in by our friendly admissions staff. We will settle any final paperwork or accounts at this time and let you know your expected length of stay and expected discharge time.

Before surgery

The Admitting Nurse will take you to the pre-operative area where they will review your personal details, the procedure you are booked in for and your medical history.

These details will be reconfirmed with you several times before your procedure. Please understand this is our formal patient identification process to make certain that our arrangements are correct for you before you are anaethetised.

If at this stage you need any further explanation about your surgery or procedure then the Admitting Nurse can ask for your surgeon to speak to you before you go to theatre.

Anaesthetist

Your Anaesthetist will meet you before you go to theatre to explain the anaesthetic process, answer any questions you may have and carry out a medical examination.

Operating theatre

You will be taken into the operating theatre and introduced to the theatre staff who will be looking after you. Again, you will be asked to confirm your name, DOB and procedure you are there for. Your Anaesthetist will then put you to sleep, you will have your procedure and then wake up in the Recovery Area.

Recovery area

As soon as you are alert and stable, we will help you to a recliner chair where our nurses will continue to care for you and you will be offered something to eat and drink. 

Children may be slower to recover and not fully recovered from the anaesthetic for up to 36 hours. 

If you are feeling up to it, we will ask you to complete our Patient Satisfaction Survey before you leave as we would like to know what you think of our care and services so we can continue to develop and improve.

Most importantly, if you experience any problems during your stay, please ask to see the Clinical Services Manager immediately.

Discharge

The Recovery Nurse will contact your escort to collect you from the Recovery Area. You and your escort will then be given written and verbal Discharge Instructions that will include instructions regarding your post-operative appointment.