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A Guide for Day-Patients

The Bethesda board, management and staff welcome you and look forward to caring for you.

We are pleased to welcome you to Bethesda. Please take a moment to read through this guide which includes important information about your admission to Bethesda. If you will be staying overnight [Click Here] for the In-Patient specific guide.

Admission to Bethesda Hospital is arranged by completing a preadmission form which will be given to you by your doctor. To download a copy click here. Please complete the form and forward it to the Hospital at least 5 work days prior to your admission. Your completed form can be returned by:

On receipt of your completed Pre-Admission Form, the hospital will verify your level of private health fund cover. It is advisable for you to also contact your health fund to confirm your level of cover. Click here for more hospital account information. General inquiries should be directed to 9340 6300.

The WA Health Consumers Council has published an informative patient guide - Patient First illustrative guide to receiving care in the health system which contains important information that every patient should know.

Day of Admission
Day Surgery patients will be in hospital for between 3-6 hours depending on your procedure.
Please shower with chlorhexidine soap and remove all nail polish prior to admission. If you have false nails it is necessary to remove one nail only. You will not require personal sleeping attire. Please limit cash and personal belongings to essentials as we cannot accept responsibility for loss of valuables.

There are limited visitor facilities in the Day Procedure Unit, therefore we request that only one family member/ friend accompany you at this stage. Please ensure children are accompanied by an adult.

On arrival please report to the Main Reception, where our staff will finalise your admission documentation prior to escorting you to the Day Procedure Unit. Nursing staff will check your medical history and record vital signs on admission.You may be visited by your anaesthetist prior to your operation.
Presentation
If you receive pre-operative instructions from your doctor please follow these carefully.
Fasting
Please follow your doctor’s instructions in relation to eating and drinking prior to your admission. Check with your doctor if you should take your regular medication on the morning of the operation/procedure.
What to Bring
What to bring to hospital on the Day of the Admission:
  • Health fund membership details, Medicare and pension card
  • Letters or referrals/forms from your doctors
  • Relevant x-rays
  • All current medication
  • Crutches if requested by your doctors
  • Glasses/contact lenses with cases if appropriate
  • Please wear your hearing aid/s to hospital, if you wear them
Dietary Requirements
If you have special dietary needs, please advise your nurse on admission.
Pastoral Care
Bethesda is founded on Christian principles, the Chaplains are available to provide pastoral care to all patients, regardless of religious affiliation
Going Home
On discharge you will receive instructions specific to your procedure from nursing staff. Please ensure you have all your personal belongings including your medication and x-rays etc. Depending on your procedure you may receive a post operative discharge information sheet, please follow the instructions. Depending on your procedure you may receive a follow up phone call. Please do not hesitate to ask your nurse should you have any questions regarding you specific treatment care. (e.g. wound care, exercise, diet).

Please follow discharge instructions. Rest and/or elevate affected area if appropriate.

Because of the after effects of the anaesthetic, 24 hours is required for a full recovery. We advise during this time you should not:

  • Drive a car until the next day
  • Drink alcohol
  • Operate machinery
  • Make important decisions
  • Sign legal documents
  • Travel unaccompanied
  • Engage in sports, heavy work or lifting
  • Take sedatives unless prescribed
After Effects of an Operation
Depending on the type of surgery and anaesthetic you have had, you may experience one or more of the following:

  • Pain: If you experience pain or discomfort, take the medication recommended, or prescribed. If pain persists, seek medical advice.
  • Inability to Concentrate: It is normal to feel tired and unable to concentrate for a day or two after your anaesthetic.
  • Sore Throat: This may occur in the first few hours after your anaesthetic. If so, try sips of fluid first, gradually increasing to light food. You should avoid heavy foods. If you have persistent nausea or vomiting contact your doctor.
Problems
If any problems occur after you are discharged from hospital, you should contact your doctor. If your doctor is not available contact our nurses at Bethesda Hospital on 9340 6300. They are available at all times.
Electrical Appliances
For your own safety all personal electrical appliances must be checked before use by our maintenance staff. Please ask on admission to your ward for an electrical check if required.