Plan your Discharge

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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 instructions you may require to care for yourself after discharge.  We will also give you a contact number for the doctor in case of an emergency.  It is against the Day Hospital Policy and recognised Day Surgery Guidelines to go home alone so it is important that prior to your admission, you make arrangements for someone to be with you after your surgery.

Following Discharge

You may feel drowsy due to anaesthetic drugs which can remain in your system for up to 24 hours.  For this reason you should follow these instructions during this time;

  • Do not drive a car or operate machinery
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Do not make important decisions or sign documents
  • Arrange for another person to care for your children
  • Care should be taken when using sharp utensils, hot liquids or cooking appliances.

What to expect on the day of your procedure

On the day of your procedure, please arrive at the nominated time given to you by the receptionist. Admission is on the first floor. Please bring your Medicare and Health Fund card with you and any medication that may be required during your stay.  For IVF patients please bring your Queensland Fertility Group receipts.

The admitting nurse will take your observations and discuss with you and your support person each stage of your stay and what you can expect to happen both before and after your discharge. Your Carer is encouraged to attend the admission procedure, to discuss your care during your stay, and following discharge.

Following your surgery, when you are awake and well enough you will be transferred to a comfortable chair in preparation for discharge. Before going home you will be given a discharge information sheet, which will advise you about wound care, activities, medications (e.g. pain relief), follow up appointments and any other special in...

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