Pre-operative Information

Pre-operative Information

Having to visit a hospital can be a daunting experience. To help ensure your visit is as comfortable and smooth as possible, Doctor Cohen’s administrative team will help walk you through the process and provide you with a pre-admission pack of information. The information within this pack is designed to streamline your stay from admission through to discharge. Doctor Cohen primarily operates from St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Spring Hill Brisbane Prior to your stay you will be asked to register your  in Spring Hill Brisbane. Prior to your stay you will be asked to register your visit with the hospital. This can be done by calling them on 1800 442 622 or visiting them online. The whole registration process should only take 20 minutes. Some of the information you’ll need for this process includes:

  • Personal details, next of kin, emergency contact details and your email address
  • Medicare card number (mandatory)
  • Private health fund insurance or work cover/third party insurer
  • Department of Veterans’ Aairs (DVA) details
  • Self-funding (please call the hospital for an estimate of costs)
  • Pension Care/Health Benefits card
  • Pharmacy benefits card/safety net card
  • If you have private health insurance, please contact your health fund to make sure you are fully covered for your admission.

What you’ll need to take to the hospital

  • Any letter(s) from your doctor relating to your procedure.
  • Any appropriate x-rays, scans and medical reports.
  • All medications that you are currently taking (in their original packaging) and all prescriptions.
  • Your Medicare card, pension cards and safety net cards.
  • Your health fund details or Veterans’ Aairs Entitlement Card.
  • Your credit card or other means of payment.
  • If you are having surgery, please shower and wear loose, comfortable and appropriate clothing.
  • If you are staying overnight, please bring personal items such as night attire, dressing gown, slippers, personal toiletries, reading materials and glasses.

If you’re having a day procedure:

If you are having a day procedure, please note:

  • You must arrange for a responsible person to transport you home following your day procedure.
  • It is unsafe and you may not be covered legally or by insurance to drive for 24 hours after your anaesthetic.
  • Public transport is not a safe or appropriate choice for your trip home after discharge from hospital.
  • You must not sign any contracts or make important decisions for 24 hours following your procedure – these may not be legally binding.
  • You must follow any post-procedural instructions given to you and contact your doctor or present to an emergency department should you have any post procedural complications.
  • Please do not bring valuables or large sums of money to the hospital. The hospital cannot take responsibility for personal belongings and valuables.

We know that attending your first appointment might be a little daunting. If you have any questions at all, about parking, what to expect, what you should bring, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr Cohen’s rooms if you have any questions about your admission or need further clarification about your surgery or the admission procedure.
Phone: (07) 3839 7566
Email: [email protected]


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