PRIVATE HOSPITAL INFORMATION

WHICH HOSPITAL

The hospital and date of surgery options will be discussed with you at the consultation appointment. All necessary paperwork will be provided for you to complete prior to admission.

WHEN DO I PRESENT FOR ADMISSION

You will be contacted by the hospital administration team prior to the surgery to advise you what time you need to be at the hospital. This is typically the day before the surgery.

WHAT IS A GENERAL ANAESTHETIC

A general anaesthetic is a combination of drugs that causes deep sleep. It is used for operations or medical procedures as it causes a loss of sensation and makes you unaware of what is going on around you. Afterward you will not remember anything that has happened.

Your anaesthetic will be given to you by a specialist anaesthetist (doctor train is anaesthesia) who is assisted by a trained anaesthetic registered nurse.

HOW IS A GENERAL ANAESTHETIC GIVEN

Most people are sent to sleep by injecting the medications through a drip (small tube) into a vein. For some people, it may be more appropriate to go to sleep by breathing an anaesthetic gas through a face mask. You will be kept asleep for as long as is needed either by giving you more of the drug into the vein or by breathing anaesthetic gases. Your anaesthetist will also give you drugs to reduce pain and sickness after the procedure. Your anaesthetist will monitor you closely and will let the drugs wear off slowly to allow you to wake up safely.

HOW SOON WILL YOU RECOVER

A general anaesthetic can affect your judgement and reactions for the first 24 hours. You should not drive, operate machinery, do any potentially dangerous activities, sign legal documents or drink alcohol during this time. 

A responsible adult is required to take you home in a car or taxi and stay with you for at least 24 hours. You should be near a telephone in case of an emergency.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Wear loose comfortable clothes.

  • Bring to the hospital any prescription medications which you are currently taking.

  • You must FAST before treatment under general anaesthetic. This means no eating any food at least 6 hours before and no drinking any water 2 hours before surgery.

  • Please remember to bring your Private Health Fund details as the hospital will require these on admission.

WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU

Dr Atkinson will provide for you:

  1. Post-operative instructions

  2. Script for post-operative medications

  3. Contact details in case of an emergency

  4. Medical certificate