Patients & Visitors

I am breastfeeding, can my baby stay with me in hospital?

Your baby will be able to stay with you, however you will need to have someone to care for the baby whilst you are in theatre, and for the initial period post operatively. Please consult your nurse...

What are the visiting hours?

University Hospital Geelong visiting times General wards9am - 8pm Intensive Care UnitVisiting times are with the permission of the Unit Nurse Manager. Swanston Centre 4.30pm to 8.30pm Monday to ...

I’m a private patient; will I have a private room?

There are limited single (not private) rooms available within the hospital. These are generally reserved for those patients who have had major surgery, or are seriously ill....

When do I need to stop eating and drinking??

You should not have anything to eat for at least 6 hours prior to your surgery. This includes chewing gum and lollies. For a morning procedure, do not eat anything (including chewing gum), from the...

What about my medications? Are there any that I should stop?

You should continue all medications unless instructed otherwise. You will generally be asked to stop aspirin, plavix (clopidigrel) 7 - 10 days prior to your surgery. If you have any queries about ot...

What about my Warfarin?

Generally, warfarin needs to be stopped 5 days prior to surgery. If it is necessary for your warfarin to be stopped prior to surgery, an appointment will be made for you to see an anaesthetist so t...

Should I bring my medications with me?

Please bring all of your medications with you on the day of surgery. These will be placed in a special bag, and will be given to you when you are discharged. Whilst you are in hospital, you will be ...

Do I take my medications on the day of the surgery?

On the day of surgery, it is important that you take all medications for high blood pressure, heart medications and those for indigestion with a small amount of water (even though you are fasting).T...

What do I need to bring with me?

Do not bring any valuables with you. This includes mobile phones, jewellery (including watches) and wallets. If you are staying overnight, please bring a small bag with 1–2 items of sleepwear...

I’m from out of town, and have no one to bring extra things in, what should I do?

In this case, please bring what you require for your hospital stay, and we will make arrangements for them to be sent to the ward....

I’m having a day procedure/day surgery, what do I need to bring?

You won't need to bring sleepwear as you will be changed into a hospital gown prior to surgery, and will be able to change back into your own clothes post operatively. Wear something that you will b...

I live out of town, can I be admitted the day prior to my surgery? Where can I stay?

Most patients are now admitted on the day of surgery. If you are from out of town, and have no family or friends to stay with we are able to provide a list of accommodation close to the Hospital for...

Am I able to be claim travel and accommodation expenses?

We are able to provide with a form for the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS). This is filled in by Medical staff, and, if you live a distance from the hospital, you are able to c...

I have an appointment to see an anaesthetist – why?

Many patients need to see an anaesthetist prior to coming in for surgery. This may be due to the type of surgery you are having, the medications you take, or other health problems you have....

Why do I need to see the hospital doctor, I’ve seen numerous doctors already.

If you have an appointment to see the hospital doctor, it will be to ensure that all paperwork has been completed, consent signed, and any further tests arranged prior to the surgery....

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