Prior to your hospital admission, you may have a pre-admission appointment which is usually 2–6 weeks before your procedure. At this time your health professional will complete a thorough health assessment and provide information and support about your procedure. This may take place in person, over the phone or video-conference.
You’ll be given information about how to prepare and what to expect before and after your procedure. You’re welcome to ask any questions or clarify any uncertainties.
What to bring
Each time you visit us
- Your Medicare card
- Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
- Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
- Current medications (prescription, over the counter and herbal medicine)
- Relevant x-rays, scans or any other test results or reports
- Glasses, hearing and mobility aids
For an outpatient or clinic appointment
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- WorkCover claim number (if relevant)
- Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments
- Something to read or do while you wait
What to expect
While we aim to keep your appointment on time, please allow 3-6 hours as you may need to see various health professionals including a doctor, anaesthetist, registered nurse, pharmacist, research scientist, social worker, stomal therapist, occupational therapist and physiotherapist. They may discuss the following:
- a pre-admission assessment
- review of your medical history
- admission times
- information about the procedure
- fasting (if required)
- possible blood tests, x-rays, breathing tests or ECG
- organise additional tests if required.
- paperwork, including consent for procedure
All pre-admission appointments are in one central location.
Thoracic Pre-admission Clinic
|Ground Floor, Main Hospital Building||Phone: (07) 3139 5077|
Located: Main Building
Ground floor, The Prince Charles Hospital
Phone: (07) 3139 5077