Hobart Day Surgery offers an alternative to hospitalisation. People choosing elective procedures can do so with minimal inconvenience to their personal and professional lives. In keeping with superior surgical techniques, Hobart Day Surgery nursing staff are highly trained professionals who are committed to providing the very best nursing care in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
What to expect during your stay at Hobart Day Surgery
Your specialist will arrange a date for your surgery. A pre-admission nurse will phone you during the week prior to your visit with an admission time and other relevant information. Please assist us in preparations for your visit by returning your admission form as early as possible. Your surgery will be approximately 1/2 to 1 1/2 hours after arrival depending on the type of surgery you are having (please note that due to the unpredictable length of surgery there may be some delays).
Night attire is not necessary for day surgery. Wear loose comfortable clothing with an open neck or button up top. You will be provided with a theatre gown and dressing gown. Please do not bring large sums of money, jewellery or other valuables as we cannot accept responsibility for their security. You will be provided with a locker for your clothes and belongings.
It is essential not to eat six (6) hours before your operation. However you will be advised by our pre-admission nurse as to when you may have your last drink of water. You may brush your teeth but do not swallow any water. Do not chew gum or lollies etc on the day of your surgery.
Unless otherwise advised by your surgeon/dentist take your routine medication with a small sip of water. Patients with diabetes should discuss their medication with the pre-admission nurse, as should patients on blood thinning medication who have not stopped their medication.
Please notify Hobart Day Surgery prior to your admission if you have any special dietary needs.
After your operation, you will be offered refreshments and a light snack. You will be given adequate time to recuperate before dressing and returning home.
It is recommended that during the first 24 hours following your procedure you should:
- Have a responsible adult stay with you overnight
- Not drive a motor car
- Not operate machinery
- Not drink alcohol
- Not sign important documents
Before you leave Hobart Day Surgery any special instructions will be explained to you and your family. A follow up appointment with your doctor will have been arranged prior to your surgery.
One of our nursing staff will contact you within a few days to check on your progress and answer any questions you may have at that time.
Children are very welcome at Hobart Day Surgery. They have special needs and we endeavour to make your child’s visit as relaxed as possible. Toys and videos are provided for your child’s entertainment during their pre-operative wait. You may prefer to bring a favourite toy or possession with you.
It is advised that you wait with your child until surgery, accompany them into the operating theatre and then return when they are in second stage recovery. Please discuss this process with the registered nurse in Recovery. You may wish to bring a change of clothes for your child or any special food/bottle your child may require.
It is advisable to check your private health insurance cover before admission. Any excess/fees not covered by your health fund or uninsured patients are required to pay on the day of your procedure. To assist you with your claim a health benefit form will be completed on admission and forwarded to your health fund on your behalf.
There is no rebate from Medicare for your hospital charges. Please note that you will also receive an account direct from the doctors involved in your treatment (surgeon, anaesthetist and assistant) and will also need to pay for any prescriptions provided by a pharmacist.
Hobart Day Surgery provides for your convenience electronic payment options through MasterCard, Visa, American Express and EFTPOS. Bank cheques and money orders will be accepted. Personal cheques will not be accepted.
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