During your stay/discharge

Children

If you are a parent or caregiver, you may stay with your child overnight if you wish. Please discuss this with our admissions staff as soon as possible.

For day-stay surgery, if your child is under 16 years of age, lunch is available for one accompanying adult free of charge.

Other meals are available on request for a small fee.

We encourage children to bring their favourite toys with them and to visit us in advance of their admission so that the hospital will be familiar when they are admitted.

Accompanying your child to the operating theatre

In order to reduce separation anxiety in children over the age of twelve months, a parent or caregiver may stay with their child while the child is anaesthetised, provided that both the surgeon and the anaesthetist agree to this. You will be asked to change into appropriate hospital supplied clothes.

Once your child is anaesthetised you will be shown out of the theatre area and back to your room. Please use the ward kitchen to make yourself a hot drink while awaiting the return of your child.

You should not feel pressured in any way to go into theatre. We realise that parents or caregivers need to feel comfortable about going in, and children do often cope remarkably well with just the theatre nurses and doctors. As an alternative, parents or caregivers may accompany their child into the reception area of theatre without getting changed.

After the operation your child will be monitored in the recovery area of theatre. The recovery staff will keep your child only as long as necessary to ensure that they have properly recovered from their anaesthetic and that their condition is safe for them to be returned to their room. It is hospital policy not to allow parents into the recovery area as this compromises the privacy of other patients. However, if it is in the best interests of your child, the recovery staff may request that you sit with your child in the recovery unit.

Overnight patients

If you have stayed overnight, we ask that you vacate your room by 10:00am on the day you are discharged, so please feel free to ask us to arrange your transport accordingly. If this is not possible or convenient, you are welcome to wait in any of the patient or visitor lounges.

If you wish to remain in your room after 10:00am on the day you are leaving, please discuss this with the Clinical Nurse Manager the day before. This will depend on bed availability, and a late-discharge fee may apply.

Should you wish to remain in hospital for a longer period to convalesce, the Clinical Nurse Manager or General Manager will be happy to discuss this option and the associated room rates with you.

Transport

You should not drive yourself home after discharge. Please arrange to be taken home by a relative or friend in a private car, or use a taxi (we recommend that you do not use public transport). If this is a concern, please ask our staff for assistance.

When you get home

You should arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you for 24 hours after you get home. We recommend that you rest and follow the instructions of your doctor and/or hospital staff. If you require extra care at home we can arrange that for you.

Important note for first 24 hours:

In the first 24 hours following surgery you should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery. You are also advised not to make any important decisions, sign any legal documents or drink alcohol.

If you require medical advice after your discharge please ring your specialist or general practitioner.

Day stay patients

Your length of stay may vary between 2 and 8 hours depending on your specialist’s and your nurse’s assessment.

After your discharge

The discharge process is important because it ensures that your care is formally transferred from the hospital to your specialist and/or general practitioner.

The nursing staff will assist in the arrangements for your discharge, in consultation with you and your specialist. A discharge form will be completed by medical or nursing staff and will contain details of the procedure performed and instructions relating to it.