Patient advice

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Admission to Hospital – Before Surgery

Undergoing surgery is very important and it’s imperative that you and your family understand the reasons for your surgery and feel comfortable with your knowledge and explanations of your care, prior to undergoing treatment. Fully understanding your care is vital for providing informed consent.

A successful outcome more often occurs when your expectations of surgery matches your surgeon’s. It’s important that you take the time to ask your surgeon any query that you may have and even get a second opinion, if you are not comfortable with the information that you have been given.

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We advise and encourage you to:

1. Be actively involved in your own care.

  • Speak to your surgeon or hospital staff (or CMO staff) if you have any concerns or questions
  • Learn more about your condition and/or treatment.

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2. Make sure you have a list of all the medications that you take, and you understand why you are taking them.

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3. Ask your surgeon about your:

  • Treatment options
  • Length of hospital stay.

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4. Make sure you, your GP and your surgeon are all agreed to what surgery is being proposed.

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5. Let your surgeon know if you have an allergy or a medical condition that may affect your surgery.

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6. Ensure you aware of/and bring with you to the hospital:

  • Your admission and fasting times
  • Hospital admission documentation
  • Completed operation consent forms (please ensure all forms are signed before you come into the hospital)
  • All relative x-rays and scans
  • Comfortable clothes, footwear, toiletries and bedclothes (if staying overnight).

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7. Ensure that you have someone to bring you to hospital and drive you home.

  • If you are having day surgery it is advisable that you have someone that can stay with you for a couple of hours after returning home on the day of surgery.

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8. Don’t forget to organise crutches if you are having hip/lower limb surgery.