Day of Surgery

Nurse Making Notes


Before you leave home.

  • Shower or bathe.

  • You may brush your teeth but do not swallow any water or toothpaste.

  • You may use deodorant, but do not use talcum powder, face creams, make-up, perfumes, sunscreens or aftershaves as these may interfere with site marking or contaminate the surgical area. 

  • Remove all nail polish.

  • Wear flat shoes and comfortable loose clothing. 

  • Bring any medications you are required to take prior to or post surgery.

  • If you wear contact lenses, bring a case to store them in and bring your glasses.

  • Please leave valuables such as extra cash and jewellery at home.


Free parking is available underneath Pacific Day Surgery and patients may be dropped off and collected from outside the entrance. Please be aware that the roads outside our boundary are no parking areas, are patrolled regularly by the Council and may incur a parking fine. 



Please arrive promptly at your advised admission time and check in at the reception desk. You will be given admission forms to complete.   Remember to bring with you, proof of your fully vaccinated COVID-19 status.  Pacific Day Surgery  does not, currently, allow carer / visitors into the hospital unless the patient is under 18 or requires assistance during the admission process.


Accounts & Payment

Hospital payments must be made at the time of admission in order for your surgery to proceed. Pacific Day Surgery can claim directly from your health fund for you. However, the balance due is the patient’s responsibility. Please be prepared to pay your portion of the bill when you arrive for surgery. Cash, EFTPOS and Credit Cards, except AMEX, are accepted methods of payment. 

You will receive separate accounts from the Day Surgery; your doctor; the anaesthetist (if one is required for your procedure); and the Pathology laboratory (if specimens are required).   



After you have been admitted the nursing staff will take your health history. You will change into a surgical gown and must remove any hairpins, jewellery, dentures, contact lenses or glasses. These will remain with you during the procedure. You will then be escorted to a waiting area before your surgery.

The staff responsible for your care will verify who you are, what kind of surgery you are having, and the part of your body on which surgery is to be performed. You may be asked these questions a number of times but these repetitive confirmations are being done for your safety. 

Depending on the type of surgery you are having, the doctor performing your surgery will mark the correct location on your body on which your procedure is to be performed. Called “site marking” this is a critical step in ensuring your safety and preventing errors. If possible, the surgery site will be marked while you are awake and you can be involved in the process.


Operating Room 

A nurse will accompany you to the operating theatre where, if you are having a general or neurolept anaesthetic, your anaesthetist will give you medication for your sedation. 


Recovery times will vary depending on the anaesthetic used and operation performed.  Generally it is about 5 minutes for local, 1 hour for neurolept and 1.5 hours for general anaesthetic.

After your surgery your doctor and the nurses will ask if you are feeling pain. It is important to report any pain so that you can receive appropriate relief. If you have questions about any medications, ask your doctor or nurse.

Once you have recovered sufficiently, you will be moved to a comfortable recliner chair and served light refreshments.

A friend or relative may join you in the sit up recovery room. Please note that only one person per patient will be allowed into the pre-operation and recovery area.  


When you are ready to be discharged, a nurse will advise you how to manage your dressing and medication and who to contact should you have any  problems. You will also be advised on follow-up appointments. You may then be taken home accompanied by a responsible adult.  

Please note Pacific Day Surgery is closed after hours, if you have any concerns contact your surgeon directly or in case of an emergency go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.