Admission Procedure

You will normally receive notification of admission either by phone or in writing stating the date, time and location at which you should report to the hospital.

If admitted directly to the ward you will be greeted by the Ward Clerk or your admitting nurse. The ward may be busy when you arrive, so you may be asked to wait in thewaiting room until your nurse is available. Family members are welcome to remain with you.

It is important that you follow any special instructions that you have been given regarding your admission.


Emergency Department Admission

If you are admitted through the Emergency Department, we request that you ask relatives to bring the necessary toiletries and clothing as soon as possible.


Cancelled Admissions

At times emergencies or other events may delay your planned admission. Any patient facing cancellation will be telephoned and informed of their placement back on the waiting list, or their admission rescheduled.


Day Cases or Day of Surgery Admissions

If you are due for admission for day surgery/procedure or Day of Surgery, you will have been given an information leaflet at your pre-admission appointment.

If your procedure is in the morning:

Food: No food after midnight
Fluids: Water, clear apple juice (no pulp), black tea or coffee until 6.00 a.m.

If your procedure is in the afternoon:

Food: No food after 7.30 a.m. You may have tea and toast before 7.30 a.m.
Fluids: Water, clear apple juice (no pulp), black tea or coffee up to 11.00 a.m.

Note: Food includes milk, sweets and chewing gum. Someone should drive you home. If you are having a general anaesthetic or sedation you will need  someone to stay with you overnight.

Last updated: Thursday, August 29, 2019

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