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Your hospital stay

Arriving at hospital

Come to the hospital Reception desk. You will be greeted by our Customer Service Staff who will complete your admission.

You may be admitted either via our Surgical Admissions Unit or Day Procedure Unit.

Your belongings will be clearly marked and delivered to your room. For overnight stays, your room may not be available until after your surgery.

If you come with a support person, they may not be able to enter the Day Procedure Unit. Your support person is welcome to sit in our waiting area and nursing staff will keep them informed of your progress and transfer from Recovery to the Ward.

Day Procedures

Having a day procedure may mean a full day in hospital. It can mean an early start and a wait for surgery, depending on the theatre list.

We want your day surgical experience to be pleasant, so our staff will keep you informed of any unforeseen delays. We encourage you to speak with your admissions nurse regarding any concerns at any time.

Special instructions for Day Patients

It is essential for your safety to arrange for a family member or friend over the age of 18 to pick you up on discharge and stay with your overnight because sedation, anaesthetics and pain relief medication can cause drowsiness or impaired thinking.

Failure to do so may result in your procedure being postponed or even cancelled until you can find someone to care for you.

It is also important that you do not drive for 24 hours following an anaesthetic.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day of your procedure. Do not wear jewellery, make-up or nail varnish.

You will be provided with a personal discharge plan. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your nurse.


St Vincent’s Private Community Hospital Griffith is committed to maintaining the privacy of your information and this applies to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal and health information.

If you would like more information about our privacy policies or accessing your medical record, please contact the hospital’s Privacy Assistant.

Care boards

A care board is located on the wall in your room. This is to assist with communication between staff and patients, and includes information about the name of your nurse and your plan of care. If you or your family have any concerns, you may use the care board to remind yourself about questions to ask your doctor and nurse.

If the patient has English as a second language, family members may like to translate information in to the primary language and write it on the care board.

Advanced care directives

St Vincent’s Griffith is committed to continuing the healing ministry of Christ, striving to demonstrate compassion, justice, integrity and excellence in all that we do. Our Catholic identity calls us to value the inherent dignity of the human person and requires of us a special solidarity with the sick and the dying.

Many patients come to hospital with an existing Advanced Care Directive. These are documents developed in consultation with your GP or specialist that outline your health preferences in the event you are unable to make these decisions. These preferences are for any future treatment are not limited to end-of-life decisions.

Please inform our staff if you have or wish to have an Advanced Care Directive.

If you have one, we will retain a copy in your medical records. If you wish to have an Advanced Care Directive, we will facilitate a discussion between you, your family and your treating doctor.

Smoke free hospital

St Vincent’s Griffith is a smoke-free environment and smoking is strictly prohibited within the hospital grounds. If you smoke, you may want to discuss the use of nicotine patches with your doctor prior to admission. Electronic cigarettes are also prohibited.