The Pre-Admission Clinic provides you with an opportunity to prepare for your surgical procedure.
You may be asked to attend the clinic for an assessment of your health. This will help staff arrange any investigations or specialist referrals before your surgery. You will also be able to raise any questions or discuss concerns about the surgery or your care after you go home.
The information you provide at the clinic will be filed in your hospital record and ready for when you are admitted. As this is an extensive assessment of your needs and may include a number of tests, the appointment will take up to 2 hours. If you are booked for joint replacement surgery, your appointment could take up to 4 hours.
Why do you need to attend a Pre-Admission Clinic appointment?
- Your admission to hospital will be streamlined.
- A pre-admission assessment may help reduce the length of time you spend in hospital.
- An early assessment of your needs and state of health will help staff arrange any investigations or specialist referrals before your surgery, should you require them.
- It will give you an opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns.
- In conjunction with staff you will be able to plan for your discharge from hospital.
What will happen when you attend an appointment?
- You will have a chance to meet some of the hospital staff and familiarise yourself with the hospital layout.
- The Pre-Admission Clinic nurse will review your health assessment and ask you questions.
- You will have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you have regarding your proposed surgery or your care after you go home.
- Whenever possible, you will be provided with written information about your planned surgery and the care you will receive.
- The pre-admission staff will discuss your ability to look after yourself after you leave hospital. A preliminary booking for home services may be arranged for you as needed.
- You will have your medical history taken and be examined by a doctor who will be working with your surgeon.
- All the information you provide at the pre-admission appointment will be filed in your hospital record and will be ready for when you are admitted.
What do you need to bring to the appointment?
- Any medication or list of current medication. It is sometimes necessary to stop taking some medication before surgery. Staff will let you know if you need to do this.
- Your Medicare card or private health insurance information.
- Any x-rays, letters or other information that relate to your planned surgery.
- As it may be necessary for you to have various tests, we recommend you wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment.
How long will the appointment take?
- Generally the appointment will take between 1-2 hours.
- If you are booked to undergo joint replacement surgery (hip or knee replacement) your appointment will take between 3-4 hours.