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If you are having surgery



Morning theatre – excluding colonoscopy

  • On the day before surgery, you may eat until midnight.
  • Have nothing further to eat after this time.
  • On the day of surgery patients may have only sips of water until 6am (no more than ½ cup in total).
  • Morning medications should be taken with a sip of water at 6am.
  • Have nothing further to drink after this time.


Afternoon theatre – excluding colonoscopy

  • On the day of surgery you may have a light breakfast before 7am (piece of toast, black tea, black coffee, water only).
  • Have nothing further to eat after this time.
  • Patients may have only sips of water (no more than ½ cup in total) until 11am.
  • Lunchtime medications should be taken with a sip of water at 11am.
  • Have nothing further to drink after this time.


Colonoscopy patients

  • Please follow specific instructions provided by your surgeon.


Paediatric patients under 6 months of age

  • Breastfeeding is allowed up to 3 hours before surgery.
  • Formula or cow’s milk is allowed up to 4 hours before surgery.


Please note:

  • Alcohol and dairy products are NOT to be taken.
  • While fasting eat NO lollies or chewing gum.



Clear fluids: Water, weak cordial, black tea or black coffee, clear sports drinks (1/2 cup = 125mls in total).

Alcohol and dairy products (including white tea/coffee) do not meet the definition of clear fluids.


Admission information

A staff member will contact you after 3pm on the day before your admission to advise you of the time you must be at hospital.


We request that you:

  • Do not wear make-up, nail polish or jewellery.
  • Bring only enough money for your immediate requirements.
  • Bring any x-rays you may have.
  • Bring your Medicare card plus any Pension/Healthcare cards or DVA cards.


If you are being admitted to the Day Procedure Unit:

  • Wear loose fitting clothes that are easy to change. You do not need to bring night attire.
  • Arrange for someone to take you home. You will also be required to arrange for an adult to stay with you the night after your procedure.


 If you are being admitted for an overnight stay:

  • Bring all the medications you are currently taking. This may include eye drops, creams, inhalers, prescription medications and any herbal or alternative medicines. Any current medication lists that you have been given should also be brought with you.
  • Nominate the name and contact phone number of the person who will be taking you home. Please note that the discharge time is 10am.


 Please note:

  • For your own safety and that of others, we strongly recommend you do not drink alcoholic beverages, drive any vehicle, operate machinery or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours after your procedure.
  • If you are unsure of what to do before your procedure or would like further information regarding your hospital admission please contact the Patient Services Unit on 5173 8025.


Trainee finds a role in theatre

Ramon Munnich never thought his career would take him all the way to the theatre – the operating theatre.

The 22 year-old has completed a traineeship at Latrobe Regional Hospital (LRH), earning a Certificate 3 - Health Services Assistant with a specific skill set as an operating theatre technician.

Ramon began his traineeship last year after he took part in the hospital’s pre-employment and work experience programs for indigenous people. The programs are a pathway to a traineeship in areas such as theatre, pharmacy, patient services, allied health, business or IT.

Ramon chose theatre because it was a “new experience”.

“Most of my mates are builders and bricklayers,” he said. “They thought I was going to end up as a tradie like them, so they were really surprised when they found out I worked in surgery.”

As a theatre technician, Ramon helps to position patients correctly on the operating table and looks after their wellbeing before their surgery. He also ensures the equipment the surgeon requires is in position and working correctly and he assists the anaesthetists and nurses.

The Certificate 3 course was delivered by Chisholm Institute whose trainers travelled to LRH regularly to check on Ramon’s progress.

Chisholm Institute trainer and assessor, Chandra Grimley said the courses were tailored to the student’s learning abilities and the facility in which they worked.

“Because Ramon was in theatre every day, his skills developed quickly,” she said. 

“These programs are quite different because the training is delivered off-site rather than in one of our classrooms so it’s important the trainees have a strong support network and mentors around them.” 

One of Ramon’s mentors is LRH Close the Gap trainee coordinator, Shelley Wirken. Shelley works closely with Latrobe City Council to engage with the local Aboriginal community and identify people who might be interested in a career in the health sector. She said the traineeship program at LRH was designed to provide real job opportunities. 

"We certainly don’t want someone to take up a traineeship for a position that doesn’t come up very often or where there aren’t many jobs,” Shelley said. “These traineeships are in positions that not only become vacant at LRH but other health services or organisations as well.” 

Ramon however is content to stay on at LRH in a full-time role. 

"Everyone was welcoming so it’s made it a lot easier to be part of the team in theatre,” he said. 

Ramon is now considering combining work with more study – possibly a certificate in anaesthetic technology.





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