Prepare for Surgery

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Take your normal medications with a sip of water on the day of surgery unless advised otherwise by your doctor.

On Admission

Your admission time will be confirmed when you contact the facility one working day prior to surgery.  On arrival please present to the reception desk for admission. Please bring your Medicare and Health Fund cards with you and any medications that may be required during your stay. If you are a Diabetic and require insulin, please bring it with you in a cooler bag.  Also if you have any X-Rays, Scans, Medications or implants that are relevant to your procedure please bring them with you.  Our receptionist will ask you for a contact name and phone number of your family member or friend you have organised to collect you and stay with you after your procedure.

The admitting nurse will take your observations, attend to your pre-operative check and discuss any concerns you have regarding your surgery.

Prior to Surgery

After your admission process is complete, you will be required to change into theatre attire.  There are secured lockers for you to store your belongings in whilst you are in theatre.

The Anaesthetist will discuss your medical history at a pre-operative consultation, and answer any questions you may have about your anaesthetic and pain management.

Following Your Surgery

You may feel assured that advances in operating and anaesthetic techniques for day surgery have enabled us to minimise side effects associated with your operation.

Following surgery, when you are awake and well enough, you will be transferred to a comfortable chair in preparation for discharge. You will be offered light refreshments and will be able to change back into your own clothes.

Plan your Discharge

You can expect to be in recovery for a period of 1.5 to 3 hours after your surgery depending on your type of surgery and anaesthetic.  After an anaesthetic you must arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours. Failure to do this may result in your procedure being cancelled.

Pain Management

For pain relief after your surgery, we recommend you purchase paracetamol or paracetamol/codeine medication from your pharmacy, (providing you are not allergic to it) and take as directed.  If you have any particular concerns about your pain management, please contact your doctor prior to admission.


Your family member or friend who is collecting you will be phoned once you are in the discharge area and the nurse looking after you will give you an information sheet which will advise you about wound care, activities, medications (such as pain relief), follow up appointment and any other special instru...

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Contact Us

Mackay Specialist Day Hospital
85 Willetts Road,
North Mackay QLD 4740
T: (07) 4977 5100
F: (07) 4977 5199