Pre-Admissions Clinical Nurse Manager Lisa Brown says letting your doctor and nurses know of any changes to your health and wellbeing means they can prepare accordingly.
“Some changes to your health can affect your body’s readiness for surgery,” Lisa says.
“If you are unwell or your medical condition has changed since last seeing your surgeon, it is best to contact your surgeon before coming to hospital. Your surgery may need to be postponed until you are well or medication altered to ensure you have the best result.”
What to alert your doctor and nurses about before your planned admission
- Any infection – especially a urinary infection.
- A cold or cough.
- Abrasions, bruising or rashes on the skin.
- Recent dental work.
- Hospitalisation outside of your state in the past 12 months.
"Certain medications can affect your treatment or the anaesthetic you receive. So please make sure you complete the medication section on your admission form or attach a current list of all the medications you are taking.” Lisa says.
“It is vital that you mention not only the prescription medications, but also non-prescription medication as well. This may include herbal remedies, vitamins and dietary supplements. “
“If you have an allergy of any kind, please let us know what you are allergic to and the reaction, such as that you get a rash if you take penicillin.”