North Shore Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Your stay at North Shore

YOUR ROOM

The call bell

Your room’s call bell system allows you to contact midwifery staff 24 hours a day. One button is located on the white handset by your bed, which your midwife will place within your reach. A second button is located on the bathroom wall. Please don’t hesitate to call staff to help you in any way.

Television & radio

Your room’s in-house entertainment includes free-to-air television and FM radio. The system is remote-controlled and located on your white handset. The speakers are located in the handset. An up-to-date entertainment guide is available from ward reception.

There is also a 24hr maternity education channel

Bed adjustment

Your bed is adjustable and can be repositioned using the up/down arrows located on the black handset.

In some cases, the bed’s position is set by the staff to facilitate your recovery. If you feel uncomfortable, please press the call bell and staff will assist you.

Telephone

  • Local Calls: Dial 0 to access an outside line. Local calls to land lines are free.
  • STD Calls: Calls to STD, international or mobile telephone numbers require a phone card. Phone cards are available from Front Reception on the ground floor in denominations of $5.00, $10.00 or $20.00. Please ask if you need help to obtain a card.

Your direct telephone number to give to family & friends

You may receive calls directly. Your number is 8425 3_ _ _ . The last three digits are your room number.

For example, if your room number is 214, your direct dial phone number for incoming calls is 8425 3214.

MEAL SERVICE

A menu selection brochure is provided each morning on your breakfast tray for the following day. The majority of meals have been created to meet the specific needs of patients and new mothers in a healthcare environment, and are therefore lower in fat and salt content. Menus with a heart symbol indicate a healthier choice and are suitable for patients on a diabetic, low fat, low salt or restricted diet as ordered by the dietician or your doctor.

If you have special dietary needs please make a note on the menu and NSPH’s Diet Aides will confirm the item’s availability. Alternatively you are welcome to contact the Diet staff before ordering your meals. The Diet Staff can be contacted on extension 3164. Kitchen facilities/microwave/fridge are available on each ward.

Visitors may dine with you at meal time by ordering a meal at the Front Reception Desk, extension 3096.

There is a cost for visitor meals. Orders for lunch must be made before 10.30am, and dinner before 3.30pm.

Meal Service Times
Breakfast 7:00am - 7:45am Afternoon Tea 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Morning Tea 10:00am - 10:45am Dinner 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Lunch 12:00pm - 12:45pm Supper 7:15pm - 8:00pm

CELEBRATION DINNER

To celebrate the new addition to your family, our chef has created a celebration dinner menu. We invite you and your partner or guest to join you for this specially created dinner for two on the night before you are discharged.

Your celebration dinner is served away from the maternity ward and our nursery staff will happily look after your baby for you. This dinner is served at 6:30 pm

PATIENT SERVICES & FACILITIES

Mail & ATM

All correspondence is delivered to and collected from the ward daily. A post office and ATM is available on the Ground Level of the Royal North Shore Hospital across the road.

Internet access

We are proud to introduce a brand new range of patient services to help make your stay with us more comfortable.

  • Netkiosk available 24hrs a day located at...

Emails from family & friends

Friends and relatives are welcome to send you an email during your stay in hospital by logging on to our website www.northshoreprivate.com.au. Messages are printed and delivered daily.

Faxes

Faxes can be sent or received on your behalf. Please ask the ward staff for assistance.

Newspapers

A wide selection of newspapers can be delivered to your room.

Interpreter services

The Translating and Interpreter Service (TIS) is available 24 hours a day and provides a free interpreting service for doctors and specialists. If you would like an interpreter at any stage of your hospitalisation, please speak with your doctor or midwife. NSPH is happy to assist with these arrangements.

Please be aware, there are a small number of exceptions to the provision of free services. Compensation case patients, non-permanent residents and services not booked under the doctor are not eligible for free services. In these cases, charges apply.

Physiotherapy & massage therapy

Ramsay Professional Services located on Level 4, provides physiotherapy and massage therapy to patients. Massages are available in your room and enquiries or bookings can be made on extension 3466 (if dialling from an external line the number is 8425 3466).

Pharmacy

The Pharmacy is located on the ground floor of the hospital. In addition to pharmaceuticals, you’ll find many personal items and small gifts, magazines and chocolates. The Pharmacy operates between 9:00am and 5:30pm weekdays. Please note some prescriptions maybe difficult to obtain through other pharmacies. The telephone extension for the Pharmacy is 3154.

Florist

Aunty Poppy's florist is located on the ground floor at North Shore Private Hospital, next to the lifts. Aunty Poppy's can help with many of your flower and gift needs when visiting loved ones.

Opening hours are:
Monday - Friday 8.00am to 8.00pm
Saturday 9.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm

To contact the Aunty Poppy's from inside the hospital, dial extension 3156. To call direct from outside the hospital, the phone number is (02) 9437 1455.

For more information, please visit their website www.auntypoppys.com.au

Hudsons Coffee Shop

Hudsons is located on the ground floor next to the hospital reception.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-8pm
  Sat-Sun 8am-5pm

Hudsons supply a selection of fresh sandwiches, pastries, quiches and salads as well as coffee and drinks. Please let the staff know if you have any special dietary requirements and they will be happy to advise food choices.

Taxi service

A free call taxi phone is located on the ground floor opposite the pharmacy.

HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES

Your room will be cleaned daily. Please notify a member of the staff if you have concerns about any aspect of the Housekeeping Service.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL PATIENTS

Medications

You are requested to bring all current medications with you. These will be lplaced in your bedside cabinet and made available for use during your stay with us. For your safety, please inform staff about any medication you are currently taking. This includes any herbal medications.

Staff identification

All staff wear name badges as a means of identification and internal security. The badge shows the staff member’s name and position.

Valuables

We strongly recommend that you do not bring any valuables to hospital. NSPH does not accept responsibility for patient’s valuables.

Mobile phones

Signals from mobile phones may interfere with the safe operation of electronic medical equipment. Please switch off your mobile phone on admission and ask your midwife if mobiles can be used in your room.

Electrical safety

All electrical equipment, including laptop computers, electric shavers, hair dryers, radio/stereos and clocks, has the potential to affect our electrical network. Please consult with ward staff to have your electrical items checked before use in the hospital.

Smoke-free environment

NSPH’s building and grounds are smoke-free. There is a designated smoking area in the NSPH garden next to Reserve Road. Please notify staff if you leave the ward for any non-medical reason.

Security

Cameras are positioned in common areas within the maternity ward and hospital. NSPH provides a 24 hour Security Officer.

AIR CONDITIONING

Your room is fitted with air conditioning and is set at 22 °c. If you find that the air conditioning does not meet your requirements, please contact your midwife for assistance.

PREPARING TO LEAVE HOSPITAL

The expected discharge time is 9:30am. Please arrange your transport home by 9:30am.

Please ensure that you have an approved child restraint fitted in your vehicle before taking baby home. It is required by law that babies be in an approved restraint when travelling by car and it is also recommended that any safety restraint be installed at an authorised fitting station.

Important information on discharge day

Before you leave hospital, please make sure you have the following:

  • all personal belongings
  • all current medications
  • made any necessary follow-up appointments with Obstetrician, Paediatrician and Early Childhood Health Centre
  • all personal x-rays
  • completed the Customer Comment Card

On your way out, please see the receptionist at the Front Reception, ground floor foyer. You may pay your Pharmacy bill on discharge or the Pharmacy will forward your account by mail.

Social worker

North Shore Private Hospital provides holistic health care embracing your physical and emotional health needs. Our social worker can assist you and offer practical and emotional support for you and your family. This service is complimentary and strictly confidential.

Post-discharge care

If you have any concerns about your progress when you return home, please contact your GP or referring specialist.

After hours, please contact your nearest hospital emergency department.

Flowers

Hudsons