On the day of your surgery

Please arrive promptly at East Melbourne Specialist Day Hospital, where you will be welcomed and we will double-check all your paperwork is in order. Remember to bring your Medicare and any private health fund cards with you, as all fees must be settled on admission. If you need a medical or carers certificate, this is the time to request it.

Pre-surgery checklist

Unless your East Melbourne Specialist Day Hospital doctor advises otherwise, it’s crucial that you follow our guidelines below on the day of your procedure.


Fasting requirements can vary between procedures, and are particularly important for patients needing a general anaesthetic. Our staff will let you know a day or two before your procedure how long you need to fast for. You must comply with this advice.

In general, unless advised otherwise:

  • If your surgery is scheduled for the morning, do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
  • If it is scheduled for the afternoon, you can have a light breakfast and fluids before 06:00am


Do not smoke on the day of surgery.

  • Please note East Melbourne Specialist Day Hospital is a smoke-free environment in line with Victorian Health Department Legislation.

Personal Care

To minimise the risk of infection, we ask that you shower on the day of your surgery.

  • Brush your teeth, but be careful not to swallow any water.
  • All nail polish should be removed, and make up or perfume should not be applied.
  • You may not be allowed to wear contact lenses during surgery, so remember to bring your lens case for safe storage.


Please leave valuables at home, as East Melbourne Specialist Day Hospital will not be responsible for any loss.

  • Large amounts of cash, jewellery and mobile phones will not be needed on the day of your surgery.
  • If you wish to wear your watch, please bring a small container so that it can be stored in during surgery.


Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to change in and out of.


You must have nominated a family member or friend to take you home after surgery, if you don’t, this may result in your procedure being cancelled. Ideally they will stay with you overnight as well.

If you normally look after a small child or elderly parent, someone will need to take care of them for you, whilst you can recover.

Special instructions for medical conditions

  • If you are on regular medications, check with your doctor – it’s normally fine to take them on the day of your surgery with a small sip of water
  • If you are taking blood thinners, you must stop ten days before surgery
  • Diabetics should not take insulin or oral hypoglycaemics on the morning of surgery, but these can be taken after the procedure is complete so please feel free to bring them with you

Your surgery checklist

  • Arrange for someone to collect you from East Melbourne Specialist Day Hospital after surgery
  • Make sure you fully understand the fasting instructions given to you
  • You won’t be able to fulfil any care responsibilities for 24 hours after your surgery and will need help from others
  • Bring any relevant scans, x-rays or test results with you, as well as Medicare and private health fund cards and original admission forms

Do you need an interpreter?

East Melbourne Specialist Day Hospital can organise an interpreter to help you better understand everything on the day of your surgery. Please just let us know if this is a service you require.