||What to bring to hospital
- Any letters from your doctor and relevant X-Rays/pathology results
- All medications you are currently taking in their original packets/containers
- Dressing gown and appropriate footwear (eg. closed slippers)
- Glasses and physical aids (walking stick, hear aids, etc.)
- Payment to cover any out of pocket expenses
- Medicare Card
- Pharmaceutical, Pension or Veterans Affairs’ Card
- Private Health Insurance membership card
- Certified copy of Advanced Health Directive or Enduring Power (if applicable)
- A small overnight bag to keep your clothing in while you are in the operating theatre
If you are an overnight patient, please also bring:
- Sleep wear
- Comfortable shoes
- Personal toiletries: tooth brush, toothpaste, soap, etc.
What NOT to bring to hospital
- Large sums of money (additional to payment for out of pocket or gap expenses)
- Other valuables
- Mobile phone
Note: Nail polish (fingers or toes), make up, hairpins, jewelry and contact lenses cannot be worn into the operating theatres.
- Bathe or shower
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing
- DO NOT EAT, DRINK (even water), OR CHEW anything for at least 6 hours before the time of your operating (unless you are given specific instructions by your doctor or the pre-admission nurse).
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol 24 hours prior to your admission.
||Allocation of Accommodation in the Hospital
Every effort will be made to provide you with the type of accommodation requested. Sometimes it is not possible to allocate private rooms at the time of admission, however we will transfer you as soon as possible should one become available.
Paediatric Patients (Children)
Children are welcome in our hospital as patients and every effort is made to reduce their fears and make their stay as happy as possible. Children admitted to hospital may bring their favourite toy or books. If your child requires nappies, please bring a supply for use during your child’s admission.
We encourage you to bring your child to the hospital for a visit prior to their admission, to meet staff, tour the hospital and help reduce your child’s anxieties.
Parents are encouraged to stay with their child during their admission, and if an overnight stay is necessary, a recliner chair or bed will be made available. You may accompany your child into theatre if needed, and can be with them as they recover from their anaesthetic in the Recovery Room.
Parent partnership in your child’s care is valued and encouraged, as we know that this will aid in a more positive experience for all.
Telephones – A telephone is available for your use during your stay. There are no charges for local calls, however STD, ISD and mobile calls will be charged to your account. For the convenience of your family and friends, every phone has a direct dial number which is printed on the telephone.
Patient Entertainment – a television, DVD’s and selected radio stations are provided free of charge to each patient bed.
Catering – Our catering staff are proficient in the planning and preparation of nutritious meals. If the menu offered does not cover your individual needs, please advise a member of the catering or nursing staff and we will attempt to provide for your special requirements. Please note that due to health and safety regulations, Catering staff are not permitted to handle or reheat food for a patient where the food has been cooked outside the hospital.
Pharmacy – Pharmacy services for the hospital are provided 24 hours a day by an external pharmacy provider. The pharmacy service will bill patients independently for all medications purchased that do not relate specifically to the hospital admission, in addition to all discharge medications (with the exception of DVA members). Any medications brought into the hospital by patients are to be handed to a member of the nursing staff on admission.
Pathology – an on-site pathology service is provided, and most pathology tests are bulk billed. Should you have any queries regarding your account, please contact the service provider directly.
Physiotherapy – Private practitioners provide physiotherapy services to patients. Most health funds cover the costs of this service, however you should check with your individual fund.
Laundry – we regret that we are unable to provide a laundry service for personal items. Please arrange for your family or friends to look after your personal laundry requirements.
Smoke Free Environment: It is recommended that you do not smoke before and after your procedure or during your stay. Essendon Private Hospital does not permit smoking outside of the designated smoking area. If you do choose to smoke, you voluntarily assume all risks associated with getting to and from the area. If your visitors are smokers please remind them of this policy and ask them to seek assistance to locate the smoking zone.