Your Surgery

Most operations at the Canberra Hospital are day surgeries or extended day surgeries. If you are having day surgery, please bring the following with you:

  • your Medicare card
  • your private health fund details if you have cover
  • your healthcare card if you have one
  • any x-rays that relate to your surgery
  • any medication you are taking in its original containers

Before your surgery, please remember to:

  • not eat or drink after midnight the day before surgery unless you have been instructed otherwise – take any medication with sips of water and don’t chew gum
  • be on time – we try hard to ensure all appointments are run at the scheduled time

It’s also important to remember that sometimes we have emergency cases that may cause delays to your appointment time. We thank you for your understanding and patience.

Post Anaesthetic Care Unit

The Post Anaesthetic Care Unit is responsible for managing surgery patients during post-surgery recovery. The unit is run by specialist nursing staff.

Seating is available for family and carers within the Theatre Reception area. Please ensure your visitors let our staff know who they are waiting for so we can notify them when you arrive in the unit. We ask that you restrict your visitors to 1 person.

We are located near the Intensive Care Unit, above the Emergency Department. You can access the Theatre waiting area through the Emergency Department entry or by following the signs to the Theatre complex.

Leaving the hospital

We observe all patients after surgery to ensure you are ready to go home. The usual time for discharge is 2 hours after surgery but you are welcome to stay longer if you are not well enough to leave.

If you are a day surgery patient, it’s important to have a responsible adult take you home and stay with you after your surgery.

You can often feel well after your operation, but the effects of the anaesthetic can persist for some time. Please ensure you travel home in a private car or taxi and don’t drive a car on the day of your operation.

We provide you with personal post-operative instructions before you are discharged, as well as phone you the following day to see how you are feeling and answer any questions you may have.

If you are transferred to a post-operative ward for recovery, please see the Canberra Hospital page for more information.

Page last updated on: 8 Oct 2019