- For patients and visitors
- Patient FAQs
You should bring the following items with you when you are admitted to hospital. Your doctor will let you know if you need to bring any other items.
- Your Medicare card and concession cards such as the Safety Net Card and Department of Veterans’ Affairs Card
- Your health fund details
- Name and address of your general practitioner
- Emergency contact details of your next of kin
- Any x-rays or scans related to your condition
- Any current medications you are taking, including natural remedies and supplements
- A list of allergies to food, medications, latex, dyes and dressings
- Details of your employer and the date, time and place of accident if your surgery or procedure is covered by Workers’ Compensation or the Motor Vehicle Injury Trust
- Pyjamas or nightgowns, dressing gown and slippers (non-slip sole)
- Personal toiletries
- A small amount of money for items such as newspapers and magazines
- Bring your personal items in a small bag (hand luggage) that can fit into limited storage space provided in patient rooms.
Please do not bring jewellery, valuables or excess cash to hospital. While care is taken with your personal belongings, facilities for safekeeping are limited and we cannot take responsibility for any loss or damage.
Yes, you can access the hospital WiFi if you are a patient or visitor.
To access the hospital WiFi:
- Connect to the ‘Guest’ wireless network
- Enter your details and accept the terms and conditions
- Click the ‘hotspot’ login.
Before you come to hospital, we recommend you speak to your private health insurance to confirm your eligibility, level of cover and liability for any excesses, co-payments or other out-of-pocket expenses.
It is important to know some services and costs may not be covered by your health insurance, especially if your treatment involves allied health care, such as physiotherapy and pharmacy.
If you do not have health insurance, you will be required to pay the estimated costs of your hospital bed fees, operating theatre fees and prosthetic fees (if applicable) at the time of admission.
After you are discharged, you may also receive additional accounts which you will need to pay direct, including:
- specialist physician
- physiotherapy, occupational therapy and dietary services (please check with your health fund if they provide a rebate)
- radiology and pathology
- hire of aids
- clinical care provided at home.
We manage all personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth) and all relevant State legislation.
If you wish to access your personal information, contact the privacy officer or health information manager at the relevant hospital or service. We do not charge an application fee, but you may be charged administration, photocopying or counter fees.
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