Prepare for Surgery

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One of our friendly nurses will call you on the day prior to your procedure with your fasting and admission times and to answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, here are some general tips on how to prepare for surgery.

On the day of your procedure, please arrive one and a half hours prior to your surgery time, unless otherwise advised. Admission is on the first floor. Please bring your Medicare and Health Fund card with you and any medication that may be required during your stay.

The admitting nurse will take your observations and discuss with you and your support person each stage of your stay and what you can expect to happen both before and after your discharge. Your Carer is encouraged to attend the admission procedure, to discuss your care during your stay, and following discharge.

•    Please do not eat food or drink any fluids, including water, for six hours prior to surgery
•    Avoid alcohol and smoking for 24 hours prior to surgery as this may affect your recovery
•    Wear loose, comfortable clothing including shoes that are easy to slip on and off
•    Do not wear jewellery, makeup, nail polish, talcum powder or perfumes.

Plan your Discharge

You can expect to be in recovery for a period of one to three hours depending on your type of surgery and anaesthetic.  After an anaesthetic you must arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours. Going home alone in a taxi or on public transport is against the Day Hospital Policy and recognised Day Surgery Guidelines. Failure to do this may result in your procedure being cancelled.

For pain relief after surgery, we recommend you purchase paracetamol or codeine medication from your pharmacy (providing you are not allergic to it) and take as directed. Please contact your doctor prior to surgery if you have any concerns about your pain management.

When discharged, you may feel drowsy due to anaesthetic drugs, which can remain in your system for up to 24 hours. For this reason you should follow these instructions during this time:
• Do not drive a car or operate machinery
• Do not drink alcohol
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Spring Hill Specialist Day Hospital
Level 1 and 4
St Andrew's Place 33 North St, Spring Hill QLD 4000
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