Patient Information

Patient Information

Hospital Admissions

Before Admission

Your Surgeon will give you Pre-admission Paperwork, including consent form/s, which must be completed and returned to Corymbia House a week prior to surgery where possible. This assists us in preparation for your visit. Administration staff will advise you of any out of pocket expenses from the Hospital. Nursing Staff will contact you and give you details of Admission and Fasting times as well as confirm a number of Medical details with you prior to Surgery.

Downloadable pre-admission form – PDF file 


One The Day Of Surgery

Have nothing to eat or drink as per instructions from our Nursing Staff. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring toiletries/medications if directed to do so.  Bring someone to drive you home.

Upon Admission

On arrival, the reception staff will finalise your admission details. The Nursing staff and Medical staff will finalise any medical details before you change into Theatre attire.

Following your procedure

You will wake up in our Recovery area where you will be monitored by the Medical staff and then served light refreshments before returning home.

On Discharge

Before you go home, you will be given an information sheet which will detail all aspects of your post operative care and follow up doctor appointment if necessary. Please ensure you read the discharge information thoroughly.  A nurse will contact you within 24 hours of discharge to assist with any concerns.
It is recommended that during the first 24 hours following your procedure;

  • You must have a responsible adult stay with you overnight and not be the primary child carer.
  • You must not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery.
  • You must not use public transport without an escort.
  • You must not make important decisions or sign important documents.
  • You must not drink any alcohol.

If you have any post-surgery concerns and are unable to contact us out of hours, we advise you to attend the Emergency Department of your closest public hospital.


Medical Conditions

Diabetics: On the day before your surgery – you will be given instructions from out preadmission nursing staff regarding your insulin administration.

Blood thinning medication: These may need to be ceased or reduced – please let us know if you are taking this type of medication.

Asthmatics: always carry your puffers with you.

Sleep apnoea: bring your CPAP mask if you’re to be admitted to hospital.

Also bring with you a list of your current medications; recent blood tests; reports of any heart, lung, kidney or blood vessel scans; sleep study reports. These are vital in helping to assess your suitability for undergoing certain anaesthetic and/or surgical techniques (particularly if you have any known serious medical conditions; including asthma, hypertension, sleep apnoea, etc.)


Anaesthetic


The majority of patients attending Corymbia House Day Surgery will have a combination of local anaesthetic and intravenous sedation.

This is titrated to ensure the most appropriate level of sedation is given for your procedure.

Anaesthetic complications still occur despite our best attempts to prevent them.

Adverse side effects are not uncommon but thankfully they are minor and short lived.

These include: nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, weakness, headache, sore throat, bruising and muscle aches. Damage to teeth and dental work is also extremely rare but may occur particularly to pre-existing loose or compromised teeth.

Serious complications also occur but are thankfully much rarer. These include severe allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis), heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, severe lung infections (pneumonia), injury to major nerves or blood vessels, and other disorders to major organs. 

A serious pre-existing medical condition (including smoking and obesity) increases your risk of a complication. “Awareness” under anaesthesia is rare but still occurs.

All risks (anaesthetic and surgical) should be weighed against the benefit you hope to obtain from the procedure.



Payment

Bring your Medicare Card/Veteran’s Affairs Card/Private Health Insurance Card and payments for out of pocket expenses (if applicable). Note: we accept all Credit Cards except Diners Club.  Private cheques will not be accepted unless by prior arrangement.

Payment

Bring your Medicare Card/Veteran’s Affairs Card/Private Health Insurance Card and payments for out of pocket expenses (if applicable). Note: we accept all Credit Cards except Diners Club.  Private cheques will not be accepted unless by prior arrangement.

Contact us

Corymbia House Day Hospital
92 David Street
Dandenong
VIC 3175
P (03) 87 698 555