WELCOME TO THE SYDNEY SPECIALIST DAY HOSPITAL

Thank you for choosing the Sydney Specialist Day Hospital (SSDH) for your procedure. We are committed to providing the highest standard of health care in an environment designed to help you feel at ease. The information contained in this booklet will ensure that your stay with us proceeds as smoothly as possible.

We believe that day surgery is the most cost effective and efficient way of performing many investigative and surgical procedures. The advent of less invasive surgery, as well as advances in anaesthetics and modern technology, has contributed to the increase in procedures performed on a day-only basis.

 

PAEDIATRICS

The Sydney Specialist Day Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest level of care especially for our paediatric patients. We understand that having surgery can be stressful for both parents and children and our aim is to make you feel at ease as much as possible. We aim to provide a consistent, high standard of clinical care in an environment that is safe and non-threatening for children.

 

PROCEDURES, SURGERY AND TREATMENTS

General Day Surgery

Endoscopy

Angiography

Ear Nose and Throat

Cosmetic & Plastic

Paediatric Procedures

Dental under GA

 

 

PATIENT INFORMATION

BEFORE COMMING TO DAY SURGERY 

Please read the following information carefully and comply with all requests:

  • Please ensure the Admission Form is completed and forwarded to us by hand, email or fax at least 7 working days prior to your procedure date. If faxed, please bring the originals with you on the day.
  • If your admission has been arranged at short notice (less than one week), please contact us to provide admission details. 

 

YOUR FORMS

  • To assist with the completion of your forms, please find below a list of definitions of terms.

 

DEFINITIONS

  • An Enduring Guardian can make personal decisions on your behalf, such as where you should live, medical treatment and services you should receive.
  • Power of Attorney can make financial decisions on your behalf, for example disposing of assets or operating your bank account.
  • An Advance Care Directive refers to written instructions that relate to the provision of health care when a person is unable to make their wishes known. It is sometimes called a ‘living will’. Please send a copy of your Advance Care Directive with your forms if you have one.

 

PREPARING FOR YOUR PROCEDURE

FASTING

If your procedure is under General Anaesthetic, please do not eat or drink 6 hours prior to your admission time. A light meal can be consumed prior to the fasting period. For procedures under sedation, you can eat or drink as normal.

MEDICATION

You should continue to take your regular medications with a minimal amount of water unless otherwise instructed by your doctor

ILLNESSES AND OPERATIONS

If you have acquired any illness (including colds or chest infections) or have undergone another operation since consulting with your  doctors, please notify your doctor prior to your admission.

SMOKING

You should cease smoking as soon as possible and at least 24 hours prior to your surgery. Smoking can adversely affect your anaesthetic and increases the likelihood of complications.

MAKE-UP AND JEWELRY

You should not wear makeup, nail polish, contact lenses or jewelry. Wedding rings are permitted. 

 

THE DAY OF YOUR PROCEDURE

Please arrive on time for your appointment so that we can prepare for your procedure. If you are delayed it is important that you contact us as soon as possible. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and low-heeled shoes.

 

WHAT TO BRING

Your completed Admission Form.

Your original, signed Consent form (if applicable)

X-Rays or results of tests relevant to your condition

Medications you would normally take during the day

Reading material

Medicare and Health Fund details (book or card)

 

OPERATION TIMES

Although we make every effort to keep to scheduled times, please be aware that occasionally unforeseen circumstances can cause changes in surgery times.

 

PROCEDURE

On arrival, please present at the reception desk where our staff will finalise your details.  You will then be taken to the admission area according to the order of the theatre list for the day. A nurse will provide you with a gown to change into and prepare you for the procedure.

You may be required you to take some pre-operative medications before you are taken to theatre. This will help you feel more relaxed.

For procedures requiring anaesthesia, an anaesthetist will also visit you if this is applicable to your procedure.

 

AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE

Operative procedures often involve the use of intravenous fluids and other equipment to monitor your progress. These may still be in place following surgery.

Your progress will be checked regularly by staff who will assist you in making your recovery as comfortable as possible. If you are uncomfortable, in pain or have any problems, don’t hesitate to inform the nursing staff. Light refreshments will be provided as appropriate to your procedure.

VALUABLES

Please do not bring excessive cash and/or valuables with you. While all care of valuables is taken, the Sydney Specialist Day Hospital does not accept liability for lost or damaged personal items or valuables.

 

AFTER DISCHARGE

GOING HOME

If you are undergoing a procedure that requires general anaesthetic or sedation, you will need someone to sign the discharge forms and take you home.

 

POST OPERATIVE CARE

For the first 24 hours following a general anaesthetic it is important that you:

Do not drive a car

Do not drink alcohol

Do not remain on your own (Unless approved by your specialist)

Do not make complex or legal decisions

Have a companion staying with you

Your surgeon may request a follow-up appointment with you. This will be arranged on the day of your procedure.

If you have any concerns regarding your treatment please contact your surgeon’s office directly, and they will address your concerns directly.

 

THE FACILITY

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

The centre is fully equipped to accommodate specialist surgeons, phlebologists and interventional radiologists and to perform procedures requiring general anaesthesia or sedation.  

We are staffed with a team of highly skilled medical professionals dedicated to quality care and highest standards of medical practice.

PHILIPS Veradius Neo Mobile C-Arm Imaging System

  •  Karl Storz Endoscope
  •  TRIVEX Transilluminated Powered Phlebectomy System
  •  QuadroStar ProYellow Laser
  •  Plastic Surgery Instruments 
  •  TOSHIBA Aplio 500 Ultrasound machines
  •  Internet ports and printing capabilities for portable laptop

Our facility has a fully equipped operating theatre with the latest technology, as well as multiple procedure rooms for minor procedures. We are licensed to offer services to both adults and children.