Am I able to claim travel and accommodation expenses?
We are able to provide with a form for the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS). This is filled in by medical staff, and, if you live a distance from the hospital, you are able to claim both travel and accommodation expenses. Please contact the Preadmission Service for this form.
I live out of town, can I be admitted the day prior to my surgery? Where can I stay?
Most patients are now admitted on the day of surgery. If you are from out of town, and have no family or friends to stay with we are able to provide a list of accommodation close to the Hospital for you to use. It is not normal practice to admit patients the day prior to surgery just because they come from out of town.
For more information about nearby accommodation, please contact Social Work on ph. (03) 4215 0777.
I’m having a day procedure/day surgery, what do I need to bring?
You won't need to bring sleepwear, as you will be changed into a hospital gown prior to surgery, and will be able to change back into your own clothes post operatively. Wear something that you will be comfortable in after the procedure. You may like to bring some toiletries to freshen up after the procedure.
Females may need to bring sanitary napkins, depending on the surgery you are having.
You may be prescribed medications after the procedure, so will need your Medicare/concession/pension card.
Do not bring any valuables with you. This includes mobile phones, jewellery (including watches) and wallets.
If you are staying overnight, please bring a small bag with 1–2 items of sleepwear and your toiletries. Arrange for a friend or family member to bring extra sleepwear, dressing gown, slippers etc. after the surgery. There is no storage available for large bags in the Preadmission area.
If you wear glasses, bring a case for them.
If you wear a hearing aid, please bring it with you and a spare battery.
If your child is having surgery, it is helpful to bring their favourite toy or book.