What to bring
There are several things that you should bring to your hospital visit, these are listed below.
Some are important to help us treat you and some will help make your stay more comfortable.
Please do not bring valuable items with you. The hospital will not accept responsibility for any items lost, stolen or damaged during your stay.
- Your admission advice and completed admission form.
- Your Medicare card, Pension card and Healthcare card
- Your Repatriation File Number if you are eligible for repatriation treatment
- your WorkCover detail (if this applies to you).
- Details of any health insurance cover you hold, including your Health Insurance Book
- The name and contact number for your next of kin. This is the person we call in case of an emergency.
- Any current advance health directive you have made. This is a legal document you may have made to tell us your health care wishes.
- Any enduring power of attorney. This is a legal document you may have made to appoint someone like a trusted family member or friend to make health care decisions on your behalf.
- Information about any allergies you may have to medication or foods. Please tell nursing staff as soon as possible so they can issue you with a special identification band and put alerts in your medical record.
- All current medications in their original containers.
- A list of any recent medications that you have taken.
- Any medications, vitamins, herbs or supplements not prescribed by your doctor. You may have purchased these from a pharmacy, naturopath, health food shop or via the internet.
- Dentures – please ask nursing staff for a container to store them in so they do not get lost or damaged. This container will be labelled for you.
- Any medical aids. Please tell nursing staff if you wear a hearing aid.
- Any x-rays or treatment information from other health professionals.
Some personal items
- Comfortable sleepwear (dressing gown, pyjamas, nightgown, slippers).
- Personal hygiene items (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, comb, tissues, shaving equipment, women’s products like tampons or sanitary pads).
- Your mobile phone and charger or some coins for phone calls.
- Books, magazines, mobile devices (for example a tablet or laptop) and children’s toys.
What to bring for an outpatient appointment
On the day of your appointment, please bring:
- the appointment letter you received in the mail from the Outpatient Clinic
- any x-rays, scans (CT or ultrasound), blood tests or other test results
- a list of current medications
- reading glasses if you need them
- your Medicare card, private health insurance card, pension card (if you have one) and any other concession card you may hold
- any questions you may have for the health professionals – you may want to write these down prior to your appointment.
Please arrive about 10 minutes before your appointment starts to allow enough time to check in with reception staff. After you have checked in, you will then be shown to the waiting area for your Outpatient Clinic.