Prepare for your procedure by following the instructions provided by your specialist.
24-48 hours before admission
Follow the fasting instructions based on your admission time. If you do not fast correctly your operation will be cancelled.
6.00am admission time (Morning or all day theatre)
- No solid food from midnight. This includes lollies or chewing gum
- Clear fluids from midnight to 5.00am. No more than 200mls an hour and stop drinking after 5.00am, except a sip of water to help swallow tablets.
10.30am admission time (Afternoon theatre)
- Light breakfast (cereal or toast) before 7.00am
- Clear fluids from 7.00am to 10.00am. No more than 200mls an hour and stop drinking after 10am, except for a sip of water to help swallow tablets.
Shower and wash your hair
Shower and wash your hair the night before your procedure and again before you leave home. Do not wear make-up, deodorant, perfume, aftershave nail polish or talc. Take your regular medication unless your doctor, anaesthetist or pharmacist has told you otherwise.
Organise transport and accommodation
If you are going home on the same day as your surgery, you must arrange an adult to pick you up from the hospital and stay with you overnight.
At your request, a sms appointment reminder is sent two weeks and again two days prior to admission. You can ask to not receive this service.