Day Only Oncology Admissions
You will be given by your Oncologist, a request for admission form and chemotherapy referral at the primary consultation. Please present these forms to book an appointment, directly at Oncology Reception on Level One. The reception staff will complete a Health Fund check and are happy to assist you understand health and billing costs. You will also need to complete a medical history form.
Please provide Health Fund details, Medicare, DVA, Pension benefits details, Pharmaceutical benefits details, Personal details, Next of Kin and contact phone numbers.
A reduced rate is offered for patients attending the Oncology Day Centre. Entry to the car park is on Hogben Street. Click here for more information.
Kogarah train station is a five minute walk from the hospital.
Your Treatment Program
You will be given a chemotherapy information package. Planning to start a chemotherapy treatment program can be a stressful time. It is useful for you and your carer to read the material at your convenience to help you ask questions. Click here to download an electronic version of our oncology patient diary.
On the day of your first treatment a specialist oncology nurse will provide individual education for you and your carer. The treatment program will be explained, length of time required, management of potential side effects, safety at home after treatment and follow up appointments. Please ask questions. The staff are here to help you understand the treatment process and help alleviate your anxiety.
You are welcome to bring a support person, your partner or one family member or friend especially on the first visit as it is usually helpful for you when another person is present to help you talk over and confirm any information or instruction given to you.
For your privacy and the privacy of other patients we ask you to have only one person with you during your treatment.
For safety reasons and privacy we request not to have children visit in the unit.
Your Health Fund is charged a day only admission (also known as Band 1 admission)
If you have not been admitted to hospital within the calendar year, you may have an excess to pay. Out of pocket expenses are payable on the day of treatment. These may be fund excess, non PBS medications or discharge medications.
In the event your Oncologist suggests the inclusion of non PBS medications in your treatment program, costs will be discussed with you before being prescribed. A costing will be prepared by the Pharmacist. You will be provided an Informed Financial Consent.
Day of Treatment
On arrival, the reception staff will ask you to sign the Health Fund forms and complete any payments required.
You will have been informed if there are tests or medications to be taken prior to your admission.
Take your routine medications unless advised not to. Diabetic patients are encouraged to bring their Insulin requirements with them
It is important to be well hydrated. Drink plenty of water on the day of treatment.
Wear comfortable clothing and also bring a jumper as you may feel cold. Blankets are available if required.
Bring a book or your iPad. Complimentary WiFi is available on request.
Water, juice, tea or coffee and light refreshment is provided.
On completion of the treatment the nurse will explain all discharge plans (appointments, blood tests) and take home medications. You will also be given forms for your future blood tests.
Our team of professional staff are dedicated to providing a safe, efficient and competent service. Each patient will receive a high standard of care, respect and dignity.
A range of information is available. Your nurse can guide you to connect with other cancer consumer groups such as Cancer Council of NSW, NSW Cancer Institute, Look Good Feel Better.