Overnight & Extended Admissions

Medical Patients

Depending on the severity of your illness, your local GP or Specialist may admit you to the Hospital directly from the surgery or your home at any time during the day or night.  Or your admission may be planned for specific treatment.

Surgical Patients

Your treating specialist or local GP will explain to you the operation or procedure he or she is recommending. If you require surgery your doctor will ask you to complete and sign a consent form. If you have any questions or concerns, please raise these with your doctor. All patients having surgery at Seymour Health are required to attend the Pre-Admission Clinic

Your Surgeon's rooms will have advised you of the date of your procedure.  You should ring the Hospital AFTER 1.00pm the day before to find out your admission time.  If you are prevented from doing so, please let the Hospital and your Surgeon's rooms know as soon as possible.

What to expect on arrival at Seymour Health

You will be greeted by the receptionist and directed or escorted to the Ward or Day Procedure Unit.
The admitting nurse will introduce themself to you and explain what you should expect and the proposed plans for your care.  You will also be given information about your room, including: layout of your room, call bell, bathroom, television and telephone, operation of electric beds etc.  Seymour Health encourages patient and family involvement in patient care with the use of whiteboards at each bed.  The whiteboards are utilised as a communication point between the patient, family/carer and nursing/medical/allied health staff. 

For your own safety, it is important that you tell us about all the medications you are taking, including non-prescription medications and supplements. Some these products may not be safe for you to take during your admission. While in hospital, please do not take any medicines without consulting your doctor or nursing staff first.

Identification

All patients are required to wear a patient bracelet specifying their name, Doctor, etc.  Please leave your identification bracelet in place during your stay in hospital.  

What to bring for your overnight or extended stay in to hospital

  • Please bring an up to date medication list and any current medications in the packaging as given to you by the Pharmacist
  • Toiletries
  • Health benefits cards and pension numbers
  • Private health insurance fund details
  • Medicare card
  • Work Cover/TAC/Veterans Affairs full details
  • X-rays and doctor's letters
  • Small amount of money for newspapers, magazines, vending machines (snacks and drinks)
  • Delivery of newspapers can be organised by the patient or family directly with Seymour Newsagency
    (5792 1129)
  • Physical aids eg. hearing aids, walking frame, walking stick, crutches
  • Sleepwear, dressing gown, slippers


Note:  If you are having orthopaedic surgery and require crutches during your recovery time, you can either bring your own or purchase from the Hospital for $45.  Due to infection control, crutches may no longer be hired.

What not to bring

  • Wheat bags
  • Valuables (please do not bring valuables to the hospital, as we cannot take responsibility for these items).

Meals and meal times

Meals are prepared in the hospital and are designed to provide balanced nutrition. Menus are provided on your breakfast tray each morning.  Please fill out and a member of the Food Services team will collect it.

Your doctor may prescribe a special diet. In such cases, we will provide suitable meals.

Religious Services

Visiting clergy are available to see patients at the patient's request. Patients should ask their nurse or the Ward Clerk to contact their priest, minister or other clergy to arrange a visit.