Southbank Day Surgery Perth, 38 Meadowvale Avenue, South Perth, WA 6151

Preparing for your hospital visit

  • Before your surgery

    What you need to do:

    • Arrange for a responsible adult to collect you after your surgery, accompany you home and stay with you for 24 hours after your surgery. If you are unable to make this arrangement, your procedure may be cancelled. If you are having difficulty finding someone to be with you on the day, please let us know as soon as possible
    • Commence fasting at the time advised by your doctor. When the fasting period begins, you must not chew, eat or drink anything. If you have any questions about how you should take your regular medications, please contact your referring doctor
    • Please contact your doctor prior to surgery if your health has deteriorated, as we may need to postpone the procedure until you’re feeling better

    Remember: for 24 hours after an anaesthetic, you will not be able to:

    • Drive a vehicle
    • Drink alcohol
    • Operate machinery
    • Make important decisions
    • Sign legal documents
  • What to bring
    • Your Medicare card, and where relevant your Health Insurance membership card, Veterans’ Affairs card and Pensioner Concession card
    • Any medications you are currently taking (or a medication chart if coming from a care facility)
    • Advanced care directives if applicable
    • Any recent and relevant X-rays, scans and test results
    • Wear loose comfortable clothing
    • Power of Attorney, Enduring Guardianship and Advance Care Directive documentation (if applicable)
  • What not to bring
    • Please leave all valuables at home
    • Please do not wear make-up, nail polish or jewellery
  • Children's surgery

    It’s natural to feel anxious if your child is undergoing surgery, and we will do everything we can to make your family comfortable and relaxed. It’s a good idea to bring:

    • Their pyjamas
    • A favourite toy, story book or activity
    • A change of clothes and underwear

    Southbank Day Surgery carries out 30% of paediatric surgeries in Western Australia and has a dedicated paediatric recovery area, so you can be assured that your child is in safe hands. We will invite one parent or carer into the recovery room to be with your child after surgery. Only you know who the right person is, so please consider this carefully.

  • Fasting

    It is important to avoid eating or drinking prior to undergoing an anaesthetic in order to protect your airways during surgery. Your Doctor or Anaesthetist will advise you when your fasting period should begin.

    We will give you a snack and light refreshment in the recovery area after your surgery.

  • Medications

    Ask your doctor whether you should take your prescribed medications on the morning of your procedure. If you are taking diabetes and blood thinning medication, please discuss with your Anaesthetist.

  • Smoking

    Do not smoke on the day of your procedure.

  • Getting here and parking

    There is ample free parking on site.

  • Admission

    On your day of surgery, please proceed to our reception area, and let our friendly staff know you have arrived. We respect your time, and as we guide you through the admission process you will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns you or your carer may have.

    We will confirm your name, date of birth, admitting details and doctor. These standard identification procedures will be repeated throughout the day to ensure your safety.

    Remember: you’ll need to pay any out of pocket expenses at the time of your admission.

  • Billing & health insurance

    If you have private health insurance, we will check your level of cover and inform you of any excess or out of pocket amount that is payable prior to admission. It’s a good idea to contact your private health fund to check any exclusions or restrictions on specific treatments. They can answer any questions, and may be able to upgrade your policy if needed.

    If you do not have private health insurance, you will be required to pay the full amount for your private hospital admission. There is no rebate from Medicare for private hospital charges.

    You may also receive separate accounts from your surgeon, surgeon assistant and anaesthetist for their services related to your treatment.

    Third party claims

    If you are a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) patient, we will lodge a claim with the DVA for you. If your surgery is part of a WorkCover or Third Party (TAC) claim, you will need to make the full payment (apart from ancillary charges) on admission – unless we have received written approval for admission from WorkCover or TAC.

    Making payments

    Before your surgery we will advise you of any out of pocket expenses relating to your hospital admission. These out of pocket expenses will need to be paid on admission prior to your surgery via cash, American Express, Visa, MasterCard or EFTPOS. Please note we do not accept personal or business cheques.

    Questions to ask your private health insurer

    Before you have surgery, we recommend you contact your private health insurer and check whether you are covered for surgery. We have provided a guide to the questions you should ask.

  • After your surgery

    You must have a responsible adult to collect you from Southbank Day Surgery, and stay with you for 24 hours. It’s important that your carer remains contactable at all times during your surgery. We will call them approximately 30 minutes before you’re discharged. Depending on your individual needs, your carer may be asked to remain in the hospital for the duration of your admission. We also have a dedicated paediatric recovery area.

    We’ll give you and your carer your detailed discharge instructions. Please follow these to ensure the best outcome from your procedure. Your doctor or anaesthetist will advise you on any post-operative medications required.

    Preventing falls

    After your procedure and anaesthetic you may be at risk of falling or tripping. Take care when moving around and we encourage you to rest and let your carer assist you for the remainder of the day.

    Nausea

    This is less common with modern anaesthetics. If it does occur, it should only be temporary. If nausea persists, avoid food but maintain fluids. If it does not resolve within 24 hours, it is important that you contact your doctor.

    Sore throat

    This may occur due to your anaesthetist assisting with your breathing. It usually disappears within 24 hours. Simple pain relief may help relieve this.

    Tender arm or hand at injection site

    This may occur due to irritation of the vein or slight bruising from the needle or the drugs injected, and can persist for several days. If your arm or hand look red or inflamed consult your doctor and notify Southbank Day Surgery.

    Infection

    Please notify the Director of Nursing at Southbank Day Surgery should any redness, swelling, pain or discharge be noticed from your wound – or if you visit a doctor and are prescribed antibiotics for an associated infection within 30 days of your procedure.

    Hand hygiene

    We advise patients and carers to wash hands prior to attending wound care or administering eye drops (as per doctor’s instructions).

  • Privacy

    As a patient of Southbank Day Surgery, your privacy and dignity will be maintained at all times. We hold medical records relating to your treatment, and the content of these records will only be divulged with your consent or where permitted or authorised by law.

    We will handle your personal information in accordance with the Nexus Privacy Policy which you can download here, together with some more information on the Australian Privacy Principles.

    For more information about patient privacy, please contact us at admin@southbankdaysurgery.com.au.

     

  • Quality & Safety

    Southbank Day Surgery adheres to all relevant statutory guidelines and Australian Standards. Our management systems aim to provide the highest level of care to our patients in a safe and supportive environment with:

    • A high-level of professional care for all patients, carers and families
    • The best clinical standards for staff, upheld through strategic recruitment, regular training, peer review, quality programs and critical evaluation of services
    • Optimum safety and comfort for all patients and staff

    Southbank Day Surgery is committed to the employment and ongoing training of qualified staff appropriate to the needs of our patients as specified by the Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC).

    We are also part of a national benchmarking team to assist us in improving patient care, and benefit from a Consumer Representative who assists the Day Surgery with audits and patient information to ensure our patients’ needs are met.

    Open Disclosure – The Southbank Day Surgery Governing Body (Board of Directors), Staff and Accredited Medical Practitioners (AMPs) support the practice and principles of Open Disclosure.

    Southbank Day Surgery has a clear and consistent approach to open communication and disclosure with consumers and their carers,  with a view to fairness, transparency and  accountability.

    Please click on the button below for more information on Open Disclosure.

  • Complaints, concerns and feedback

    We value your thoughts and suggestions. If you have any feedback about your experience at Southbank Day Surgery, please complete the online patient survey below.

    If you’d like to make a formal complaint, please contact our CEO Bronwyn Grant, via email on admin@southbankdaysurgery.com.au

    If your complaint is unresolved, you can contact:

    Department of Health

    PO Box 8172
    Perth Business Centre
    Perth WA 6849

    Health and Disability Services Complaints Office (HaDSCO)

    PO Box B61
    Perth WA 6838

    Phone: (08) 6551 7600

     

Frequently asked questions

You are welcome to get in touch with any specific questions you have. But here are some answers to common queries.

Southbank Day Surgery Perth, 38 Meadowvale Avenue, South Perth, WA 6151

(08) 9368 7344

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Mon to Fri 6:30am - 5:00pm

Ample free parking available onsite

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