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Coming to hospital

For information about our location and how to find your way to St Vincent’s Griffith, please visit the contact us page.

What should I bring to hospital?

We have prepared the following checklist to assist you in preparing for hospital.

  • Documents – doctor’s letters, pathology reports, consent forms (if not sent by doctor), x-rays and scans.
  • Insurance information – Health Care card, Pensioner Concession card, Pharmaceutical safety net card, Health Fund card, DVA card for veterans, Medicare card.
  • Personal items – Pyjamas, robe, slippers (it is important that your slippers are non-slip, well-fitting and enclosed)
  • Personal toiletries – Toothbrush and toothpaste, comb/brush, shampoo and conditioner.
  • Bank / credit card – to pay for any out of pocket expenses.
  • Money – we recommend $50 or less.
  • Medications – see important notes below.
  • If applicable – eyeglasses (with case), hearing aid (with case), walking aids (e.g. frame, walking stick), denture cup and supplies (including denture case), CPAP machine.
  • Other – you may also like to bring items to help pass the time, such as books or magazines.

Medications

Please write down ALL medications you are currently taking on your pre-admission form.

We strongly recommend that you call your pharmacist or GP and ask them to give you a list of all your medications (including medication name, strength, quantity and frequency) so that we can compare this list to your medications in hospital.

For your safety, please let us know if you have any allergies or reactions to medications to avoid prescribing similar medications during your stay.

Bring in all of your medications, in their original boxes. We can give you these medications during your admission rather than dispense more, as this will be an additional cost. (Please note: the hospital will supply sedatives and strong pain-relievers so if you have your own, these will be sent home with a carer or family member).

We are unable to accept Webster packs or other medication dispensing systems.

Valuables

We strongly advise that non-essential valuable items (such as laptops, jewellery, items of sentimental value and excessive cash) should be left at home. Whilst the hospital maintains security, we cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items.

Regularly used items such as reading glasses, mobile phones, hearing aids and dentures should be stored in a safe and designated area, like your bedside table, during your stay. Do not leave any personal items on your food tray or in your bed, as these may accidentally be removed with the food tray or disposed with the linen.

Luggage

You may be admitted for surgery through our Surgical Admissions or Day Unit. This is where you will meet your anaesthetist and surgeon and be admitted by a nurse.

Following surgery, you will be transferred directly to the ward if staying overnight. We have limited space for storage of luggage and ask that on the day of admission you bring a small overnight bag only. If possible, please ask family members or carers to bring additional belongings to the ward after surgery as required.