At The Wesley Hospital, we want your procedure to go smoothly and your stay to be as comfortable as possible. Here is what you need to bring, and other helpful tips for hospital patients.

Overnight hospital patients

Wesley Pre-Admission Clinic

If you will be staying overnight, once you have completed your registration, contact the Wesley Pre-Admission Clinic on 07 3232 7316.

Depending on your procedure, age and medical history, your surgeon may require a nursing assessment and investigations (such as blood tests or X-rays) at our Pre-Admission Clinic prior to your surgery. For patients outside Brisbane, or those who may have difficulty attending the clinic, we can arrange a phone interview and have the tests performed closer to home.

During this appointment, our nurses will undertake a comprehensive assessment of your healthcare needs and can arrange other services, such as physiotherapy or complex discharge planning if required. You will have the opportunity to discuss your health and medication history, and any concerns or questions you may have about your admission or discharge.

What should overnight patients bring to hospital?

  • Documents

    • Doctors’ letters, reports, notes and consent forms, all relevant X-rays and scans.
    • Certified copy of Power of Attorney or Advance Health Directive (if applicable).
    • Credit or debit card for payment of excesses, co-payments or incidentals (if not completed online).
    • Loose change should you wish to purchase small items.
  • Medications

    • An up-to-date list of all the current medications you are taking – this may be in the form of a Dispensing History from your Pharmacy, or a medications summary from your GP.
    • Sufficient supplies of your medications in their original, labelled packaging for the entire duration of your stay.
    • Your repeat scripts and any authority scripts.
    • Any medications that are in a dose administration aid, but understand that these may not be able to be used during your hospital stay as our staff cannot verify the content, age or prescribed dose.
    • All inhalers, creams, ointments, patches, eye or ear drops, injections and herbal or complementary medicines.
    • Your doctor will provide instructions regarding any medications that may need to be altered or ceased prior to admission – please confirm with your doctor if you are unsure.
  • Personal belongings

    • One small secure bag or suitcase on wheels that that will fit all of your personal belongings (including the clothing you are wearing).
    • CPAP machine and attachments (if you have been advised to use one of these at home, it is also advisable to use one in hospital).
    • Reading materials and physical aids: phone charger, glasses, hearing aids (with cases), walking stick, mobility aids.
    • Nightwear, dressing gown, slippers or comfortable, flat shoes and toiletries – our hospital environment can be cool so ensure you bring warm clothing and a jacket.
    • If you require specialised or additional pillows for your post-operative phase, please arrange for these to be delivered once you are recovering on the ward. We are not able to store these items preoperatively.

Note: Please do not bring valuables or large sums of money to the hospital. The Wesley Hospital does not take responsibility for personal belongings and valuables and we are not liable for the loss of money, personal property or valuables brought into the hospital.

Day patients

Helpful things to know

  • Please arrange for a responsible person to collect you and transport you home after your procedure. They should also stay with you for the first 24 hours following your day procedure.
  • The nursing staff will record the name and number of the person who is collecting you after your surgery/procedure. They will contact the nominated person and tell them the approximate time you will be ready to be collected. There is a designated day patient pick-up car parking area at the front entrance of the hospital for short-term use.
  • It is unsafe to drive in the first 24 hours after surgery and you may not be legally covered by insurance.
  • Public transport is not a safe choice for transport home after discharge from hospital.
  • You must not sign any contracts or make important decisions for 24 hours following your procedure.
  • You must follow any instructions you are given after your procedure and contact your doctor or present to an emergency department should you have any post-procedural complications. The Wesley Emergency Centre is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to patients of all ages.

What should day patients bring to hospital?

  • A small bag to place your clothes and shoes in during your procedure.
  • Something warm to wear while you are waiting for admission.
  • A medication list and/or medications for your anaesthetist to review, relevant X-rays/scans.
  • Consent forms completed by you and your doctor.
  • Medicare card, health fund card and credit or debit card.
  • Reading materials and physical aids: glasses, hearing aids (with cases), walking stick, mobility aids.

Maternity patients

You may register your intended booking online once your pregnancy and obstetrician have been confirmed. If you have an enquiry about your booking, please phone the Maternity Unit on 07 3232 7432.

Children

Children being admitted for surgery or procedures will be admitted through our designated paediatric unit. Please dress your child in two-piece pyjamas or comfortable clothes and ensure they have a shower before coming into hospital. Your child can also bring a toy. For bottle-fed infants, you will need to supply their formula.

For children less than 16 years old, we ask that one parent or carer accompany their child to theatre and be available during the recovery stage. Both parents are welcome to be with their child on the ward after their recovery. For overnight bookings, one parent or carer may stay overnight in your child’s room. Meals are provided for your child; however, there may be a charge for boarder parent meals should you wish to receive them. The parent or carer should bring some comfortable clothes and their toiletries.

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