St George Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Pre Admission

Thank you for choosing St George Private Hospital.

It is important that you read through this information about the PREADMISSION process whether you are undergoing a procedure through Day Surgery or going to be to staying 1 or more nights and be admitted to Hospital via the Day of Surgery Admission Centre.

The first step: Your Doctor’s referral

Your Doctor will notify the Hospital of your surgery/procedure and date by completing an Admission Request Form and Consent for Treatment Form.

Your Doctor will explain your surgery/procedure, answer any questions and will ask you to sign and date the Consent for Treatment Form.

If you have not signed the Consent for Treatment Form or do not understand your surgery/procedure please contact your Doctor and/or the Hospital as soon as possible.

Please DELIVER these forms to the Main Reception no later than 7 days before your scheduled surgery date. Alternatively you may;

FAX (02) 9598 5154
POST ST GEORGE PRIVATE HOSPITAL
ADMISSIONS
1 South Street
KOGARAH NSW 2217

CLERICAL PREADMISSION

To enable us to confirm your planned admission, please;

  • Complete the online preadmission & patient medical history
    • If you have any concerns with the above, please telephone 02 9598 5555 between 6am to 10:30pm for assistance. You may also email via admissions.sgp@ramsayhealth.com.au
    • Fax: 02 9598 5000
    • The following items will assist you in completing your online preadmission & patient medical history;
      1. Personal/Next of Kin details
      2. Medicare Card
      3. Health Insurance details (e.g. DVA, Health Fund details, WorkCover)
      4. Benefit/Entitlement details (e.g. Pension card, etc.)
      5. Procedure Item Numbers, if these were provided to you by your Doctor
      6. If applicable, information provided by your Doctor about any implantable medical devices

THE PREADMISSION CALL CENTRE

You will be contacted 24 hours prior to your admission date by a Registered Nurse to:

  • Review your medical history
  • Discuss your discharge requirements
  • Discuss and answer any concerns you may have
  • Provide you with instructions for the day of your admission

PREADMISSION CLINIC

Depending on what type of surgery/procedure you are having you may be required to attend a Preadmission Clinic. A nurse will contact you to make a suitable appointment time and provide you with necessary instructions.

At the Preadmission Clinic, you may have the following;

  • ECG
  • Routine blood testing
  • Chest x-ray
  • Consultation with a physiotherapist
  • Discussion regarding discharge plans, etc

RECOMMENDATIONS & CONSIDERATIONS

  • IMPORTANT: For your safety, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) guidelines state that you must have someone to stay with you overnight for at least 24 hours  post an anaesthetic and that you have someone (18+) pick you up from the Hospital when you are ready for discharge.
  • Do NOT drive a car or operate machinery for 24 hours after an anaesthetic as you will not be covered by insurance.
  • Do NOT eat or drink (this includes water) AFTER MIDNIGHT or AFTER 6AM for afternoon surgery unless your Doctor gives you other instructions.
  • Do NOT smoke at least 12 hours before your operation and do NOT chew gum or lollies on the day of your surgery.
  • Do NOT shave the operation area.
  • Do NOT wear makeup or nail polish
  • Do NOT wear excessive jewellery (wedding ring permitted).
  • Do NOT bring any valuables like jewellery or large amounts of money to the Hospital.
  • Please shower the morning of your surgery with antibacterial body wash (available in most supermarkets).
  • Wear warm and comfortable clothing. You will be provided with a gown to wear for your procedure.
  • Ramsay Health Care and St George Private Hospital DO NOT accept liability for any personal property brought into the Hospital.

WHAT TO BRING for Day Surgery

  • Any letter(s), current x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, MRIs or test results from your Doctor relating to your procedure.
  • Your Medicare card and any pension or concessions cards, health fund book and/or card.
  • A list of all your current medications or your medications in their original boxes. DO NOT bring a Dosette box or Webster pack.
  • If you are diabetic, bring your insulin/tablets with you and DO NOT take your diabetic medication on the morning of your surgery unless you are told differently by your Doctor. Please ensure your diabetic syringes and needles are in a rigid container with a lid. If you do not have a suitable container, please notify a nurse who will provide you with one.
  • All your puffers for asthma.
  • Please consult your doctor if you are taking regular medications to find out what you need to stop or take prior to surgery.
  • Be prepared to spend most of the day in hospital so bring a book, magazines, crossword, etc. to pass the time.

WHAT TO BRING if you are staying Overnight

  • As above plus,
  • Pyjamas / Nightgown dressing gown and slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Reading material and glasses
  • Hearing aides and batteries

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