Patient Information

Patient Information

Before your Admission at Vermont Private Hospital

Once you have arranged a booking through your surgeon’s rooms, you will be provided with our Hospital Admission Registration Forms. These forms need to be completed and returned to us in the reply-paid envelope where possible at least 7 days prior to your admission or email them to : enquiries@vermontprivate.com.au.

Please note that these forms can be downloaded here

We strongly encourage you to contact your health insurance fund prior to your admission to confirm the details of your chosen policy, please also see the following brochure for additional information, APHA- Are you covered?

If you have private health insurance we will also conduct an eligibility check on your behalf as long as you have listed this information on your admission form, We will then contact you if you do have any out of pocket expenses for your admission. If you are uninsured we will contact you prior to your admission to provide you with an estimate of costs.

Illness Prior to Surgery

If you have become unwell prior to your admission (or if your health has deteriorated), you should contact your doctor as your surgery may need to be postponed until you are well again.

What to expect during your stay at Vermont Private Hospital

Admission Time

You will be notified of your admission time by either your surgeons’s staff or by Vermont Private Hospital staff. Please report to VPH on Level 2 at the time indicated.


What to Bring - Day Surgery

  • All current medications in their original packaging and please obtain an up to date list of your current medications from your general practitioner or local pharmacist and bring this list with you to hospital.
  • If you are coming from an aged care facility, please bring the original copy of your medication chart
  • All relevant X-rays, scans & pacemaker card if applicable.
  • Mobility aids, hearing aids, reading glasses.
  • Your Medicare card, DVA, pension or healthcare card and health insurance membership card.


What to Bring - Overnight

  • All current medications in their original packaging and please obtain an up to date list of your current medications from your general practitioner or local pharmacist and bring this list with you to hospital.
  • If you are coming from an aged care facility, please bring the original copy of your medication chart
  • All relevant X-rays, scans & pacemaker card if applicable.
  • Mobility aids, hearing aids, reading glasses.
  • Your Medicare card, DVA, pension or healthcare card and health insurance membership card.
  • Night attire including robe and slippers and/or shoes
  • Toiletries (including toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, soap, shampoo and conditioner, comb or hair brush)


Fasting Prior to Procedure

Your Surgeons rooms will be able to answer your questions relating to fasting instructions.


On the Day of Admission

Unless we give you different instructions, you can feel confident in following the below guidelines to prepare for your stay with us:

  • DO NOT smoke or chew gum
  • DO NOT wear make-up
  • DO NOT bring any jewellery (wedding ring permitted) or any other valuable items. Vermont Private Hospital does not accept responsibility or liability for the security of these items.
  • WEAR loose-fitting, comfortable clothing & flat shoes.


Discharge Information

  • You must arrange for someone to escort you home. In the interest of your own safety and wellbeing, a support person is to stay with you for a minimum of overnight, but ideally for 24 hours after discharge. This support person must be able to obtain medical assistance if required. If you are having difficulty organising an escort or carer please see the link below under community support. These services can provide you with escorts/carers who assist in getting you home.
  • Most medications can be resumed as normal after the procedure. Your doctor will advise when you can recommence your regular medications. Please consult your doctor if you need further advice regarding the recommencement of your regular medications.
  • If you or your carer have any concerns after discharge, please direct them to your doctor or general practitioner. We advise you take your discharge summary to the appointment.
  • Please be aware in the event of an emergency you may need to attend your nearest Emergency Department or if urgent help is required, dial 000. We advise you take your discharge summary to the hospital.
  • In the 24 hours following your day procedure it is important that you do not drive, sign legal documents, utilise public transport, operate machinery or consume alcohol until at least the next day but preferably not for 24 hours following your procedure.
  • Nausea- This is less common with modern anaesthetics and if it does occur, is usually only temporary. If nausea persists, avoid food but maintain fluids. Contact doctor if nausea does not resolve within 24 hours.
  • Sore throat- This may occur due to your Anaesthetist assisting with your breathing and usually disappears within 24 hours. Simple pain relief may help relieve this.
  • Tender arm of hand at injection site- This may occur due to irritation of the vein or slight bruising from the needle or the drugs injected. It may persist for several days. If it looks red or inflamed, consult your doctor and notify Vermont Private Hospital nursing staff.
  • Hand Hygiene- Patients/carers are advised to wash their hands prior to attending wound car or administering eye drops (as per doctors instructions). For further information regarding hand hygiene, please visit hha.org.au/forconsumers.aspx


Visiting Hours

Visitors for overnight patient’s are welcome during 3.00pm to 8.00pm.


Accommodation for Visitors and Families

We have arranged special rates for visitors and families of patients staying overnight or travelling from outside of Melbourne at the following accommodation close by :

Please mention you are a patient at Vermont Private to obtain the special discounted rates.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Please see the following links for interpreter and other services should you require them.