Patient Information

Patient Information

Patient Information

What to expect during your stay at Tennyson Centre Day Hospital

Prior to Admission

The date and time of your admission is arranged through your doctor. Plan to have someone drive you to Tennyson Centre Day Hospital. It is likely that your concentration will not be the best for a few days after the anaesthetic. As a result, people are legally not allowed to drive a vehicle for 24 hours after an anaesthetic.

It is vital that you have a responsible adult accompany you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours following surgery. Please understand that cancellation of your procedure may result if you do not have these arrangements in place.


Fasting

YOUR DOCTOR WILL ADVISE YOU WHEN TO COMMENCE FASTING. DO NOT eat or drink anything on the day of your surgery after this time. Take your normal prescribed medications on the morning of the procedure with a sip of water (unless otherwise ordered by your doctor). You may brush your teeth but DO NOT swallow any water. DO NOT chew gum on the day of your surgery.


Smoking

 

DO NOT smoke on the day of your surgery.


Day of Admission

What you need to bring:

  • You may be required to complete additional forms, so please bring your Medicare card, Health insurance membership card and pension or concession cards.
  • Please bring all medications that you take regularly.
  • Bring any current X-Rays (if applicable)
  • Please DO NOT BRING large sums of money, jewellery or other valuables, as we cannot accept responsibility for their security.
  • Please remove all make up and nail polish
  • We recommend that you wear loose comfortable clothing with an open neck or button top.
  • Please bring a light dressing gown if you have one.


Private health Fund Excesses

If your health insurance requires an excess payment or if you are not sure, please ring your health fund prior to admission to clarify the matter. Our clerical staff will also contact you the day before admission to alert you to this required payment.


Parking

Parking is available on site.


Accounts

Self-insured patients, those who only have basic health insurance and those with health fund excess payments are required to pay any fees due on admission. Credit card facilities and EFTPOS facilities are available. We do not accept personal cheques, American Express or Diners Club. There is NO rebate from Medicare for Day Surgery charges.

You will be contacted prior to the admission date with any out of pocket expenses.

Please note that you will also receive an account direct from the Doctors involved in your treatment (Surgeon, Anaesthetist and Assistant, where required).

If you have health insurance, or Workcover, we will forward your account directly to your Health Fund.

The admission date and time and your fasting time will be provided to you by your doctor. This may be subject to change but you will be contacted by us if it does.

Your procedure will be approximately 21/2 to 3 hours after arriving. For various reasons please be advised that you may experience a pre-procedure wait, which is at times unavoidable and out of our control.

Accounts

Self-insured patients, those who only have basic health insurance and those with health fund excess payments are required to pay any fees due on admission. Credit card facilities and EFTPOS facilities are available. We do not accept personal cheques, American Express or Diners Club. There is NO rebate from Medicare for Day Surgery charges.

You will be contacted prior to the admission date with any out of pocket expenses.

Please note that you will also receive an account direct from the Doctors involved in your treatment (Surgeon, Anaesthetist and Assistant, where required).

If you have health insurance, or Workcover, we will forward your account directly to your Health Fund.

The admission date and time and your fasting time will be provided to you by your doctor. This may be subject to change but you will be contacted by us if it does.

Depending on the type of procedure you are having, you should allocate approximately 4 hours from admission to discharge. For various reasons please be advised that you may experience a pre-procedure wait, which is at times unavoidable and out of our control.

Contact us

Tennyson Centre Day Hospital
Level 1
520 South Road
Kurralta Park SA 5037
P (08) 8292 2331