Day Surgery Information

Your accommodation will be in the day Procedure Room. This room is furnished with comfortable recliner chairs as most patients recover very quickly from their sedation and prefer to move around soon after the operation. Most day patients, both male & female, are admitted to the Day Procedure room, though occasionally, a special medical condition may require that a day patient be admitted to a standard ward.

Prior to Admission

You would have already completed the Hospital Admission Forms and handed them into the Croydon Eye Clinic. Please ring your Private Health Fund to ensure you are covered for your procedure, the item number they will need to know is 42702. Also, ask about your excess payment, if you have not already paid one for the calendar year, you may be required to pay this upon admission.  All hospital accounts other than the amount covered by your insurer must be settled on admission. The hospital accepts Cash, Visa, or Mastercard, but no cheques.

Medications

Bring all current medications with you on the day. Continue to take your normal medications unless told not to by your doctor. Your doctor or anaesthetist can advise you if medications need to be ceased prior to surgery, and which medications should be taken on the day of surgery. Please check if you are unsure.

All medications given to you during your stay are ordered by your doctor. You will receive additional medication on your first post-operative visit at the Croydon Eye Clinic for which a bill from the chemist will be enclosed. You may pay at the chemist or you may wish to leave the exact amount with us so we can forward on to the chemist on your behalf. If you have been issued a Medicare Safety-Net, please inform Eastfield Pharmacy on 9723 1093 within the week.

Fasting

Your operation is in the afternoon, so you may have a light breakfast before 8 am then fast.

On a rare occasion, your operation may be in the morning, if this is the case, you must fast from midnight.

When fasting please do not chew gum or eat lollies. Your stomach must be emptied of food and water before your operation.

Smoking has been banned from within the hospital grounds by government regulations.

                                                                                                                                                            

Before Your Operation

On the day of your procedure, please have a shower and wash your hair.

Please present yourself to the hospital at the appointed time as advised by the hospital.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing and flat shoes. 

Bring all your medication in their original containers.

Please ensure you have your Medicare card, Pension or Health Care card, DVA or Private Health Fund Card, or Pharmaceutical Benefits Card. 

Do not bring valuables or electrical equipment into the hospital.

 

Discharge

 

Most patients are ready for discharge 1-2 hours post-operatively. Your nurse, and/or your doctor, will advise you on this matter. Please see the nursing staff before you leave the hospital to ensure you take home your medications and valuables etc. 

A responsible adult must take you home, You cannot drive with an eye patch, and you must not go home by public transport.

It is important to have someone to stay with you for 24hrs following your operation.

 

Light refreshments will be served before you leave: sandwiches, tea/coffee/juice.

 

As the anaesthetic may affect your reflexes and judgment, you should not drive a car, operate machinery, make major decisions, or conduct business for 24hrs following your operation. Do not drink alcohol for 24hrs following also.

 

You will be required to wear a patch/cone, over the operated eye for the next 7 nights as extra care must be taken in the initial period to ensure safety.

 

Call the Hospital Before the Operation If:

  • You are unsure of any of the above instructions

  • You become unwell

  • If your eye becomes red or sticky before the operation

  • You get a cold or flu

  • You are admitted to another hospital

  • You need to cancel your operation

  • Escort or carer details change