Day of Surgery

Doctors’ Orders

Please follow any pre-admission instructions given by your doctor.

Medication

  • Take your regular medication on the day of your procedure with a sip of water, unless otherwise instructed.
  • If taking fluid tablets (diuretics) omit on morning of procedure.
  • If you are a diabetic and your procedure is in the morning have a late supper and omit insulin or diabetic tablets on the day of surgery. If the procedure is in the afternoon, take half your normal dose of morning insulin, omit diabetic tablets and have an early breakfast, then follow the general fasting rules. Bring your insulin and/or your diabetic medications with you to the Hospital.
  • For patients taking Diamox tablets – please follow your ophthalmic surgeon’s instructions.
  • If you are an asthmatic and use puffers, bring them with you to the Hospital.

What to Wear

  • Loose and comfortable clothing, preferably with short sleeves.
  • Shower and wash your hair the day of or before procedure.
  • Do not wear make-up or nail polish.
  • Leave all valuables and jewellery at home – you may wear your wedding ring.

Parking and Collection

  • We have six 10-minute pick-up and drop-off bays in the basement parking underneath the hospital, accessible via a ramp from Albert Ave. An intercom at the ramp provides access to the  basement. Carers may drive down the ramp, park their vehicle and then take the lift up to our reception area where they can leave their patient.
  • Carers can then park at the Westfield car park on Albert Avenue next door to the hospital for two hours for free, or three hours free with shopping centre validation.
  • Our nursing staff will call the carer when their patient is ready for collection. They can then park in the basement car park 10-minute bays and take the lift up to collect their  patient.
  • For disabled patients or those using wheelchairs, we can arrange courtesy parking before your admission. A wheelchair is available at all times.
  • For your convenience a business card sized map showing the location of the hospital, address, contact details, admission date/time and approximate pick up time is provided within this admission package to give to your relative/carer to facilitate your drop off and collection.

Patients’ Relatives, Friends and Carers

If accompanying a patient to the Hospital you may wait in our comfortable lounge, which offers refreshments, relaxing music, television and reading material, including the daily newspapers. Shopping in the area has become a popular way for relatives and carers to entertain themselves whilst waiting for the patient to be discharged. Or alternatively, we will ring when the patient is ready to go home.

What to Bring

  • Any relevant forms that you may still have for the Chatswood Private Hospital.
  • Your fund card will only be required if you have not supplied your fund details.
  • Results of any relevant tests completed prior to admission.

What to expect

  • Our friendly receptionists will finalise  your admission and account as well as other necessary details on your arrival at the hospital.
  • Nursing staff will take your medical history and ask  any relevant questions including covering any discharge requirements.
  • Your privacy and confidentiality is retained and respected at all times.
  • Chatswood Private Hospital  is very proud of our approach to patient-centred care.