General practitioners and psychiatrists can
arrange the admission of patients to St John of God Hospital
The hospital has a Triage Admission
Nurse - an experienced psychiatric nurse - who helps
doctors access information and streamline the admission of their
patients as inpatients or day patients.
Upon admission, the Patients' Admissions
Officer explains the hospital's facilities and insurance benefits
with patients. A nursing caregiver then acquaints patients with the
hospital's facilities, their room and their caregivers.
What to bring
All patients should bring:
- Their private health fund details, Medicare
and any pension cards.
- Your doctor's information and letters.
- Pharmaceutical entitlement or concession
- All currently prescribed medication and
tablets and any repeat prescriptions.
- Everyday, comfortable clothing (including
warm jackets or coats in winter and a waterproof jacket and
umbrella) and if an inpatient, night attire.
- Footware, including socks, joggers and
non-slip sandals or thongs. Footwear must be worn at all
- Personal toiletries.
- Reading materials.
Valuables, personal belongings and vehicles
St John of God Hospital Burwood
is not responsible for the loss or damage of personal
belongings or vehicles. Please bring only the personal belongings
you will need during your stay. As we do not provide facilities for
safekeeping, you should not bring jewellery, large amounts of
money, or other valuables with you. In exceptional circumstances,
temporary storage of valuables may be arranged by the nurse in
charge, but you will be requested to make alternative arrangements
for the removal and safe keeping of these items off-site at the
It is a condition of admission to St John of
God Hospital Burwood that you hand in your car or motorbike keys to
staff, and that you agree not to drive whilst a patient at the
During your hospital stay, your doctor is
known as your primary therapist and is in charge of your
Shortly after admission, you will be
introduced to a member of your Unit's nursing caregivers who will
become your primary caregiver. Your primary caregiver's role is to
liaise with you, your doctor and other hospital caregivers. He or
she will also help you set and work towards achieving important
goals during your treatment. Other caregivers are available to
Patient assessments and care plans
To ensure your individual needs are addressed,
Care Plans and Discharge Plans will be completed, to assist with
your transition home. Your primary carer will collaborate with you
to set goals and develop a plan of care to work towards recovery.
In order to assist caregivers in developing your care plan,
you will be asked to work with them in completing
questionnaires on admission. If you have any difficulty with these
questionnaires please speak to caregivers on your Unit.
On the day that you are to be discharged,
please leave your room by 10.00am. If you need to remain in the
hospital due to transport issues after this time, please speak to
the Nursing Unit Manager who will assist you with the temporary
storage of your luggage.
Before you leave, you will need to:
- Complete your final questionnaires
- Pay your account and collect your medication
- Check with caregivers as to whether you
need to organise a follow-up appointment with your psychiatrist or
arrange a referral to our Counselling and Therapy Centre for
For more details please click on the following
Patient and Carers Information Brochure