Day Admissions

Day Surgery (Short Stay) facilities are available if you require a minor procedure or surgery with admission and discharge on the same day.

As a day patient, you must assume more responsibility for your care, as you won’t be staying in hospital overnight. It’s important that short stay patients are familiar with the following processes and information to ensure their day surgery or procedure runs smoothly and that you can be properly prepared to go home following your procedure.

  • Pre-Admission
  • Admission
  • Extended Care Unit
  • Discharge

Lingard Private Hospital has a veterans’ liaison officer who can assist DVA patients and co-ordinate all aspects of their stay.

If the patient being admitted is a child, please read this information in conjunction with information provided in the Child Admissions section.

Extended Care Unit

The Extended Care Unit provides care for elective surgery patients who require no more than one overnight stay.  The aim of the unit is to provide safe and effective patient care by experienced clinicians skilled in managing short-stay patients.  In this unit patients are monitored post-operatively and discharged with 23-hours.

Day Surgery Pre-Admission

Information in this section explains what happens in preparation for your admission to our Day Surgery Unit.

Your Hospital Booking

For planned admissions, your booking for your hospital stay will either be made by your admitting doctor or they will ask you to contact the hospital direct.

In either instance, following consultation with your doctor, please assist us by contacting the Admissions Office to arrange or confirm your booking with us at least seven days prior to your admission where possible. You’ll be given a date and approximate time to arrive at the hospital for your surgery.

Complete Admission Paperwork

You should receive admission paperwork from your doctor’s rooms to complete. Please complete all the ‘Patient’ sections on the form and return it to the reception desk at the hospital at least seven working days before your scheduled surgery or procedure. This confirms your booking and will ensure that we have everything ready for your arrival.

In some cases your doctor will book you in for the next day. It’s important that you contact us as soon as possible to confirm your admission and details relating to your hospital stay.

Confirm Cost Coverage

The cost of your procedure will vary depending on your level of health insurance and fund. Should you have any questions regarding the cost of your procedure or surgery, please contact us and ask to speak to our admission staff.

It’s your responsibility to pay for any costs you may incur.

Contact your insurer (health fund, Workers Compensation insurer or other) to confirm exactly what costs will be covered. See the following sections for additional information:

Admission Confirmation

The Admissions Office will contact you the day before to confirm your admission details.

At this time we’ll confirm your admission time and fasting requirements. This call will take between 5 and 15 minutes.

Getting Ready for Hospital

Before coming to hospital, please organise and note the following:

  • Shower at home before coming to hospital including washing your hair and cleaning your teeth
  • Don’t apply talcum powder, deodorant, perfume, make-up, nail polish, etc.
  • Don’t wear contact lenses
  • Wear cotton underpants, loose and comfortable clothing (especially loose pants if you are having surgery to your legs or feet) and low heeled shoes
  • If you’re bringing a child to hospital for a surgery or procedure, it’s not advisable to bring other children with you as there are no facilities at the hospital to care for them
  • Take your current medications as usual on the day of surgery, with a sip of water, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor or anaesthetist
  • You shouldn’t smoke 12 hours prior to surgery
  • Leave all jewellery and valuables, other than a wedding ring, at home
  • Please arrange to be collected after your surgery or procedure by a responsible adult as you will not be allowed to drive home or take a taxi unaccompanied

To ensure privacy and a quiet atmosphere for other patients, visitors are asked to return at discharge to collect you. In the case of children, one parent or carer is allowed to remain to be with the child before and after surgery.

What to bring to Hospital

Please remember to bring the following to hospital with you as applicable to you:

  • All medications you are currently taking (in original packaging)
  • Relevant xrays and reports
  • Medicare card
  • Private health insurance membership card
  • Pensioner card
  • Veterans' affairs entitlement card
  • Safety Net or pharmacy entitlement card
  • Drivers licence or accepted identification
  • Workers Compensation or other insurance details
  • Any letters from your doctor
  • Blood Group card (if available)
  • Glasses and physical aids (walking sticks, hearing aids, etc.)
  • A book to read, walkman or iPod

Children are encouraged to bring a favourite toy or teddy.

Please don’t bring the following items with you:

  • Large sums of money
  • Mobile phones
  • Other valuables

The hospital accepts no responsibility for the security of patients' possessions, including jewellery, watches and money. Any valuables brought into the hospital can be signed in to the hospital’s security safe for the duration of your stay.

Note that mobile phones shouldn’t be used in some areas of the hospital as their signals can interfere with electronic medical equipment.

Fasting

It may be necessary for you to fast prior to your procedure or operation. This means:

  • No fluids or food by mouth
  • No chewing gum

It’s also advisable to refrain from smoking a minimum of twelve hours prior to your surgery or procedure.

If the patient is a child, they must be kept under continuous observation by the parent, guardian or the person responsible for the welfare of the child, to ensure they have fasted.

Please note the following fasting times:

  • If your surgery is before noon, you must not eat or drink after 2 am
  • If your surgery is after noon, you must not eat or drink after 8 am on that day

Cold or Illness

Please contact the Day Surgery Unit or your doctor if you develop an illness prior to surgery.

Day Surgery Admission

On Arrival

Your admission time will have been advised to you by our Admissions Office.

Please be on time. It‘s most important to arrive on time for your appointment to allow time for your pre-operative preparation. Please contact the Day Surgery Unit if you anticipate arriving later than the appointed time.

On arrival, please register at reception. You’ll then be shown to the Day Surgery Unit. On admission you will be asked to fill in a Patient Admission History Questionnaire. This information helps the doctors and nurses give you the best possible care.

After being admitted by the nurse, you will be required to change in to a hospital gown and hospital dressing gown. Usually the anaesthetist will see you prior to your procedure.

We wish to advise you may experience some delay or waiting time prior to your surgery. This delay is necessary to accommodate the clinical scheduling requirements of your treating doctors. We appreciate your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

What to Expect

After your surgery or procedure you’ll wake up in the Recovery Room where experienced staff will care for you. Once you’ve recovered from the effects of anaesthesia, you’ll be transferred to the Day Surgery Unit where you’ll continue your recovery in a reclining chair and will be offered light refreshments prior to discharge.

You’ll usually be discharged two to four hours after the operation or procedure. For more complex procedures, the length of stay will depend on your post operative condition.

Children

Children are encouraged to visit the hospital prior to their admission and one family member or carer is invited to remain with the child before and after surgery.  For safety reasons, no child siblings can accompany child patients in the Day Surgery Unit.

Types of Accommodation

Patients should be aware that our Day Surgery facilities are shared unisex accommodation.

Extended Care Unit

The extended care unit provides care for elective surgery patients who require no more than one overnight stay. The aim of the unit is to provide safe and effective patient care by experienced clinicians skilled in managing short stay patients. In this unit, patients are monitored post-operatively and discharged within 23 hours.

Day Surgery Discharge

All patients are required to be formally discharged by the Day Surgery Unit staff.

On discharge, you’ll be given any necessary post-operative instructions, including your prescriptions, medications and xrays and details of a follow-up appointment with your doctor if required.

A comfortable area for you to wait for transport is provided in the hospital foyer.

Getting Home

If you’ve had heavy sedation or a general anaesthetic, you won’t be permitted to leave the Unit alone. Please note the following:

  • You’ll need to arrange to be picked up and organise a responsible adult to be present with you for the first night you are home following general anaesthesia
  • Staff will contact the person who is picking you up when you’re fit to go home
  • Transportation home by taxi is not permitted without an escort who accepts responsibility to take you home
  • For your own comfort and safety, you shouldn’t take any alcoholic beverage for at least 24 hours after discharge
  • After general anaesthetic, patients aren’t permitted to drive any motor vehicle, operate machinery or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours

Special arrangements can be made to assist DVA patients get home safely after their hospital stay.

If you have any questions regarding your Day Surgery Admission before or after surgery, please contact the hospital.