The Pre-Admission Clinic provides you with an opportunity to prepare for your surgical procedure.
You may be asked to attend the clinic for an assessment of your health. This will help staff arrange any investigations or specialist referrals before your surgery. You will also be able to raise any questions or discuss concerns about the surgery or your care after you go home.
The information you provide at the clinic will be filed in your hospital record and ready for when you are admitted. As this is an extensive assessment of your needs and may include a number of tests, the appointment will take up to 2 hours. If you are booked for joint replacement surgery, your appointment could take up to 4 hours.
Why do you need to attend a Pre-Admission Clinic appointment?
- Your admission to hospital will be streamlined.
- A pre-admission assessment may help reduce the length of time you spend in hospital.
- An early assessment of your needs and state of health will help staff arrange any investigations or specialist referrals before your surgery, should you require them.
- It will give you an opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns.
- In conjunction with staff you will be able to plan for your discharge from hospital.
What will happen when you attend an appointment?
- You will have a chance to meet some of the hospital staff and familiarise yourself with the hospital layout.
- The Pre-Admission Clinic nurse will review your health assessment and ask you questions.
- You will have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you have regarding your proposed surgery or your care after you go home.
- Whenever possible, you will be provided with written information about your planned surgery and the care you will receive.
- The pre-admission staff will discuss your ability to look after yourself after you leave hospital. A preliminary booking for home services may be arranged for you as needed.
- You will have your medical history taken and be examined by a doctor who will be working with your surgeon.
- All the information you provide at the pre-admission appointment will be filed in your hospital record and will be ready for when you are admitted.
What do you need to bring to the appointment?
- Any medication or list of current medication. It is sometimes necessary to stop taking some medication before surgery. Staff will let you know if you need to do this.
- Your Medicare card or private health insurance information.
- Any x-rays, letters or other information that relate to your planned surgery.
- As it may be necessary for you to have various tests, we recommend you wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment.
How long will the appointment take?
- Generally the appointment will take between 1-2 hours.
- If you are booked to undergo joint replacement surgery (hip or knee replacement) your appointment will take between 3-4 hours.
Our Tanjil Unit is a medical and surgical unit.
Your recovery from surgery will generally take place here but the unit also cares for people with cardiac, respiratory and general medical conditions.
You may be referred to the Tanjil Unit from our Emergency Department, other hospitals, GPs or our elective surgery waiting list.
If you are having an orthopaedic procedure such as knee or hip surgery you will be admitted to the Tarra Unit.
Latrobe Regional Hospital is the major referral centre for orthopaedics in Gippsland. This means people across the region have access to orthopaedic surgery and care without needing to travel to Melbourne.
Your elective or emergency surgery may be conducted in the Day Procedure Unit.
In most cases patients are admitted in the morning, have surgery and return home in the evening.
Your surgery in the day unit may be:
- ear, nose and throat
We have four operating theatres in an Operating Suite where general, elective and minor surgery takes place.
The suite also includes a Post Anaesthetic Care Unit, Day Procedure Unit and the Central Sterilising Supply Department.
If you are having surgery, you'll be involved in consultation before and after the procedure, particularly if you are to receive ongoing treatment.
Minor surgery is conducted under local anaesthetic that generally enables you to return home on the day of the procedure.
- Pre-operative consultation
- Post-operative care and treatment
- Ongoing treatment and care
- A variety of minor surgical procedures