Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need to attend the Pre-Admission Clinic?
As a patient, you are required to attend Pre-Admission Clinic to ensure you are fit enough for your intended surgery. During this appointment you will see an anaesthetic doctor, surgical doctor, nurse and other health workers. It is also a good opportunity to have any of your questions answered before your admission to hospital.
How do I get to the Pre-Admission Clinic?
We are located on level 3, opposite the central lifts.
What do I bring to this appointment?
- A recent health summary from your General Practitioner (GP), including a list of current medications and over the counter medications.
- Your Medicare card
- Recent X-Rays and scans relevant to your surgery
- Copies of the most recent letter/s from your specialist (for example: cardiologists, haematologists, respiratory, renal and endocrine)
- Your most recent blood test results (within 6 months)
- Copies of your investigation results. (for example your most recent cardiac echocardiogram, stress test or coronary angiogram).
- Details of any anaesthetic complications you are aware of and any allergy testing you may have completed.
- Any other significant investigation results or issues that you feel would help us manage your surgery better.
What happens if I do not bring all the information?
If we do not have all the necessary reports and information at your appointment, it may mean the doctors will need to delay your surgery or refer you to other specialists, depending on your type of surgery and your medical conditions.
Do I need to fast for this appointment?
Fasting is not required for this appointment.
What happens if I do not attend this appointment?
Failure to attend this could result in your surgery being delayed. Please call us on 9540 7611 if you need to change your appointment date.
Who do I call if I require any further information about this appointment?
Please contact the Admission officer at 9540 7611 if you have any questions.
What if English is not my first language?
Please inform the booking officer who can organise an interpreter. We do encourage a friend or relative who can speak English to accompany you to avoid any delay.
How long does the pre-admission visit take?
Depending on your surgery, you may be here for up to 2 to 6 hours. Please remember to bring some lunch especially if you are diabetic. There are cafeteria facilities available; however it is advisable to bring your own food if walking is difficult for you.
What if I need support after surgery?
Please let us know if you will require assistance following surgery. We will be pleased to refer you to a social worker or other services.
Can I have Telehealth?
Please let us know if you have special circumstances.
This will depend on your type of surgery and your medical conditions.
How do I contact the Pre-Admission Clinic?
Office hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Telephone: 02 9540 7611.