Pre-admission / Pre-appointment Information
Elective surgery, procedures, treatments and appointments
Elective surgery refers to non-emergency surgery that is medically necessary, but which can be delayed for at least 24 hours. If you have been scheduled for surgery, and placed on the elective surgery waiting list, the following information will assist you to understand the process.
Some outpatient appointments or appointments for specific treatments now require you to have a Rapid Antigen Test prior to your appointment or admission.
Joondalup Health Campus continues to review how to manage its readiness and response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.
Please read the following to prepare for your elective surgery, procedure, treatment or outpatient appointment.
- Do you have a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath or a sore throat?
- Have you developed a fever in past five days?
- Are you experiencing muscle and joint pain, headache or fatigue?
- Have you a recent loss of taste or smell?
- Do you have abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea?
- Have you visited any location identified by the Department of Health as an exposure site? Check sites here COVID-19 Coronavirus: locations visited by confirmed cases (www.wa.gov.au)
- Have you been provided with a G2G pass in the past seven days? (Government issued travel permit)?
- Have you been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
- Have you received a positive COVID-19 test result in the last 10 days or are you awaiting results of a COVID-19 test?
- Have you or anyone in your household been advised to self-Isolate?
If you answer YES to any of the above questions, you MUST have had a COVID test AND have a negative result BEFORE you come to the hospital for admission.
Please note you may be required to isolate between your test and coming to hospital. You must bring the evidence of your negative test with you to the hospital or your presentation will be significantly delayed or cancelled.
Please call your treating consultant’s rooms to let them know that you have been tested and advise what your test result is when it is available.
To maximise patient and staff safety, patients attending Joondalup Health Campus for an appointment or admission may be required to have a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) to screen for COVID-19.
Any accompanying approved essential visitor who is unvaccinated or has a mask exemption will need to complete a rapid antigen test (RAT) when they arrive at the hospital.
This quick test checks if you have COVID-19 and provides a result within 15 to 30 minutes.
The following information applies to:
- planned elective surgery patients, including inductions of labour, booked maternity appointments, elective caesarean sections and paediatric surgery.
- anyone attending an outpatient appointment for an aerosol generating procedure (AGP) or in an area with vulnerable patients
- anyone being admitted for any medical procedure.
In the days prior to your appointment or admission you must obtain a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) from:
- Your local supplier/pharmacy.
- The treatment unit - for oncology/renal patients.
- The outpatient clinic - for patients receiving specific outpatient treatments.
Prior to your appointment or admission you must:
- Test yourself with the RAT using the instructions on the RAT kit.
- Take a photo of the RAT result, at the time of reading the result, to provide time-stamped proof to show staff on arrival.
Please note: If you have not been able to perform a RAT prior to arrival, you will be required to complete a RAT upon arrival at the hospital.
Please bring with you any letters or e-mails you have received with details of you surgery / procedure / treatment or appointment.
Please do not bring a support person or partner into the hospital or clinic with you. Have them drive you to the hospital for you to attend the appointment on your own.
Only an approved essential support visitor/carer is allowed, with proof of vaccination.
If you are staying hospital for several days, please bring your overnight bag with you, or have it delivered to you during visitor hours where possible.
Do not attend for elective surgery, procedure, treatment or any appointment if you are unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms.
To allow sufficient time to complete your screening, please aim to arrive:
- at least 30 minutes before your appointment or admission time
Enter the hospital via the JHC public main entrance (for all private and public patients, outpatients, renal dialysis etc). Patients receiving care in the oncology unit can enter the unit directly.
You will be asked to scan in/check in and asked routine COVID-19 screening questions.
You will be asked to provide proof of your RAT (i.e. time-stamped photo of test result).
If you have not completed a RAT or do not have the required proof, you will be directed to the hospital Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) tent to complete a test. Follow advice of the RAT tent staff. Staff will take a nasal swab as part of the RAT. It takes 15 minutes to wait for the result.
A nurse will help you complete the RAT. You will then be given some paperwork which contains information identifying that you have been screened.
Patients will be asked to wait in the RAT screening area until their result is ready.
If your RAT result is negative, you will be given paperwork to take with you and you may proceed to your appointment/ admission.
If your RAT is positive, you will be advised what to do, including what care you may need and whether your appointment/ admission will need to be re-scheduled.
Surgery or procedure
The risks associated with surgery or procedures are much higher for people with COVID-19 and must be weighed against the risks of delaying treatment.
It is likely that your surgery will be postponed if you test positive for COVID-19. You will be asked to have a PCR test (Healthy WA) for COVID-19 and then immediately return home and isolate as per the current COVID guidelines for WA.
If your treating team determines you need urgent care, your surgery may go ahead as planned with a range of additional precautions. This may include moving you to an isolation area.
If your approved essential visitor tests positive for COVID-19 this may also result in your surgery being delayed. Again, your treating team will determine the next steps in your care.
Outpatient appointment or attending for other treatment
It is likely that your appointment or treatment will be postponed if you test positive for COVID-19. If your treating team determines you need urgent care, your treatment may go ahead as planned with a range of additional precautions. This may include moving you to an isolation area.
Please be assured postponing your surgery, procedure, treatment or appointment due to a positive COVID-19 RAT does not mean you will go to the end of any waitlist or appointment slot.
Your procedure or appointment will be rebooked and you will be contacted with further details.
For further information
If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss with or call the clinic/area that you will be visiting for your appointment/ admission.
Pre-admission is an important part of your hospital care. To ensure we can confirm your admission, financial and other arrangements, we ask that you:
If you have private health cover, please contact your health fund prior to completing your online admission form to check for any excess or waiting periods (refer to “Payment Information” for questions to ask your insurer). We know that health and billing charges can be difficult to understand and we are happy to assist in any way we can, however we also advise that you seek clarification from you doctor and health fund.
Nursing Pre-admission information
You may be contacted by telephone prior to your day of admission by our Pre-admission Nurse. If you are contacted:
- Your medical history will be reviewed with you and admission and discharge details discussed
- Please take this opportunity to discuss any concerns regarding your admission
Private Patients: Your doctor will notify the hospital of the date of your procedure / operation and inform you of your day and time of admission. Your doctor will also explain your procedure or operation and complete the consent form with you.
You may be asked to attend a preadmission clinic so the nurse specialist can speak with you about your hospital stay; your operation; fasting details; when and if blood tests or other procedures need to be arranged; previous surgical and medical history, and address any concerns you may have. Your doctor will advise us if an Anaesthetic appointment is required. There may be a cost associated with this clinic.
Discharge planning will also be addressed (eg who will care for you at home, who will take you home on discharge etc). You are welcome to bring a relative or friend to the clinic.
DAY OF ADMISSION INFORMATION:
On the day of admission
Please check in Private Reception on the ground floor of Joondalup Private Hospital at the time indicated by your doctor or by the hospital, and you will be escorted to your admission area.
Your doctor or pre-admission clinic nurse will inform you of the scheduled time for your surgery and when you should cease eating and drinking before your operation.
Please bring with you into hospital anything applicable to your admission including:
Doctor’s admission / referral letter
Health fund number / details (if applicable)
Regular medications in their original packaging plus a current medications list from your GP
Pension health benefits card (if applicable)
Pharmaceutical benefits card (if applicable)
Relevant x-rays and / or test results (relevant to this admission)
For a child – favourite toy, formula, bottle and any special dietary needs (if applicable)
Comfortable closed in shoes / slippers with non slip soles
Physical aids (walking sticks, hearing aids, glasses)
Method for settling your account (cash, cheque, eftpos, visa or mastercard)
Mobile phone (please turn to silent/vibrate whilst in hospital, and turn OFF whilst in ICU or the Emergency Department).
Advanced Health Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney (if appointed)
Laptop, IPAD, mobile phone etc (if you wish to access our high speed wireless computer network).
DO NOT (unless your doctor gives you special instructions):
Eat or drink milk for 6 hrs before your admission time. Drink water only after this time until 2 hrs before your admission time. Colonoscopy / bowel surgery: please refer to the specific fasting instructions you have been given by your doctor or at our preadmission clinic.
Smoke cigarettes or chew gum for 24 hours before your admission.
Wear jewellery. A wedding ring and watch are permitted. Remove any body piercing.
Bring valuables to hospital i.e large amounts of cash
Wear make-up or nail polish
Day Procedure patients (additional information)
Two business days prior to your procedure, our private reception staff will telephone day patients between the hours of 1:00pm – 6:00pm to confirm their arrangements. If you will be unavailable for this call, please telephone Private Reception on (08) 9400 9916.
Please shower, using the anti-bacterial sponge if you have been given one wash and dry your hair on the day of admission before coming to the Day Procedure Unit and put on clean clothes. Do not apply oils or moisturisers to your skin.
Wear garments that are comfortable and easy to remove. Procedure garments and a dressing gown will be provided.
A basic overnight bag is recommended for surgical patients in case of admission.
Allow a 3 - 4 hour stay for gastroenterology procedures (gastroscopy, colonoscopy)
Allow a 4 –8 hour stay for surgical procedures.
You will not be able to drive home and will need to arrange a driver.
Nursing staff will call your nominated driver when you are ready to be picked up.
You will need to arrange a responsible adult to be with you overnight.
Patients under 14 years of age will also require a second adult to accompany them in the car.
On the day of Admission
Please check in via our Joondalup Health Campus Reception located on the ground floor of Joondalup Health Campus (adjacent to P1 parking area off Shenton Avenue). From here you will be directed straight to our Paediatric Ward for admission.