Accredited till June 2016
Some patients may be required to attend the hospital’s PAC prior to their admission. The hospital or your surgeon will advise if you are required to attend the PAC.
Depending upon the scheduled surgical procedure and your medical history, the length of the PAC appointment may take up to one hour.
At the PAC you will have a health check, necessary pre-operative tests and a discussion with health professionals about your procedure. A relative or friend may accompany you to the appointment if you wish. You may need to have a consultation with an anaesthetist at the PAC.
Please ensure you bring all the following to your PAC appointment, your;
Please note: Attendance at the PAC is considered an outpatient visit for accounting purposes and is not included in your hospital inpatient stay. Some of the tests and assessments performed at the PAC may incur a gap payment. Medicare may reimburse the costs for some tests. You should check with your health fund regarding any reimbursements available for outpatient services.
Virtually all surgical procedures require some form of anaesthesia which will be administered by an anaesthetist. You will be seen by your anaesthetist before your procedure. You may be seen by an anaesthetist in the Pre-Admission Clinic or in the anaesthetist’s private rooms.
Please carefully complete the Patient History forms, as the information on these forms will be used by your anaesthetist to assess your specific anaesthetic requirements. Please take special care to record:
All this is important in minimising risk and may influence the type of anaesthetic provided.
There are several simple things that you can do to improve your general condition prior to your procedure:
If you take any regular medication (including non-prescription medications) you should discuss this with your doctor. You may need specific instructions regarding which medications you should cease and which you should continue.
Generally, you should take your regular morning medication at 6.00am with a sip of water. If your procedure is in the afternoon and you usually take your medication at lunchtime, you should take those at 11am with a sip of water.
Exceptions to this are:
Pictured above: Pre-Admission Clinic and Reception Area, The Surgery Centre Hurstville