North Shore Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

General Information for Day Patients

North Shore Private’s Day Surgery Unit is located on Level 1. It comprises an admissions centre, endoscopy procedure rooms and a recovery room. The Unit is co-located with the Operating Theatre Suite, which includes eight theatres and a Recovery Room.

Contacting Day Surgery in Emergencies

If you are unable to attend Day Surgery because of an emergency or are running late, please contact us on 02 8425 3000.

Before You Come to Day Surgery

Prior to your admission, please send your Pre-Admission form to the hospital.

  • Contact your health fund to confirm your cover.
  • Ask your doctor about your medications and what to take before and during your hospital stay.
  • North Shore telephones Day Surgery patients the day before surgery between 4pm and 8pm and Endoscopy patients from midday. We will confirm your arrival time, fasting requirements and any outstanding fees payable on admission.

Prior to admission we ask that you:

  • Shower
  • Abstain from food and drink in the preceding 6 hours, unless otherwise advised by your doctor
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
  • Arrange for someone to drive you or accompany you home in a taxi

What to bring on the day:

  • Correspondence from your doctor(s)
  • Past medical history from your GP
  • List of your current medications and dosage information
  • Medication for the treatment of diabetes
  • X-rays and test results relevant to your procedure
  • Health fund details and settlement of outstanding fees due on admission
  • Medicare Card, Pension Card or other concession cards such as Veterans’ Affairs Entitlement Card Health fund details. (Please confirm your private health insurance status with your health fund)

What NOT to bring:

  • Sleepwear (we will provide you with a gown)
  • Valuables
  • Wheat packs as they can’t be placed in the microwave
  • Hot water bottles and electric blankets.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

Please proceed to the reception desk located in the front foyer. You will be admitted to the hospital and then directed to the Day Surgery Unit on Level 1. In Day Surgery, a nurse will review your medical history with you.

Occasionally there is an unexpected delay because of a more complex case or an emergency. We suggest you bring a book or other diversion to pass the time should this occur. We will keep you informed about any delays.

DURING YOUR STAY

If you are having an endoscopy or colonoscopy, you will be accommodated in individual change rooms and then transferred to an endoscopy procedure room. You will be given some sedation for the procedure (unless you and your doctor have decided otherwise). After the procedure, you will spend time in the unit’s recovery room and then allowed to fully recuperate in Day Surgery’s Discharge Lounge. It takes approximately 3 hours from the time of your admission to your discharge.

If you are having surgery, you will be transported to our theatre suite and receive your anaesthetic before undergoing your operation. After your operation, you will spend time in Recovery, and then be transferred to Day Surgery’s Discharge Lounge to fully recuperate. The length of time from admission to discharge depends on the type of operation but is usually about 4 hours.

Our staff will serve you light refreshments in the Day Surgery Discharge Lounge and make sure you have recovered for your journey home.

PREPARING TO LEAVE

Prior to your discharge you will be given instructions to follow when you get home. These instructions provide information about the routine care required following your procedure. Please clarify any concerns or questions before you leave. At home, if you have any other concerns please contact your doctor or general practitioner.

The major effects of your anaesthetic or sedation wear off quickly, however minor effects on memory, balance and muscle function may persist for some hours. These effects vary from person to person and are not individually predictable. Because of this please note the following

Important information:

  • By law you are not permitted to drive within 24 hours after an anaesthetic or sedation.
  • You should be accompanied by a relative or friend from Day Surgery to home and it is strongly advised that an adult stay with you overnight following discharge.
  • You should not operate machinery, schedule any important meetings or sign legal papers for 24 hours.

Visitors

The Day Surgery Unit requests that if accompanied, this is limited to one family member or friend. Day Surgery patients are able to receive one visitor, on return from the operating theatre suite. Unfortunately, visitors cannot be accommodated in the recovery room for patients undergoing endoscopy or colonoscopy.

Your companion is welcome to remain in the waiting room or in the café on the ground floor. The Day Surgery staff are happy to provide information about your progress to your family member or friend. Alternatively, if they wish to go home, Day Surgery will telephone near your discharge time for you to be picked up.

For children under 12, we welcome both parents to accompany their child while in the Day Surgery Unit.


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