After your Surgery


Once your procedure and after care is completed, your doctor and nurse will discharge you from hospital.

Nursing staff usually have patients ready for discharge by 10.00am. Should you request a later discharge time, there may be additional costs.

Your surgeon and nurse will discuss your discharge arrangements. Your nurse will provide the forms and information needed when you leave, and remind you to have some pain medication available for your use at home.

Please arrange to have someone available to drive you home, and if required help you through your first few days of recuperation.

Please note that on discharge our receptionist will prepare your final account. If you are paying for your surgery yourself, the balance of hospital costs should be paid at this time.

If we have over-estimated your costs, we will refund any balance on your account.

A refundable bond of $50 is also required should you hire equipment such as crutches. Please note that this cannot be added to your hospital account and must be paid separately.

Please note that equipment hire is intended to be short term only. If you require equipment for longer than three months, you should make alternative hire arrangements. Hospital staff are able to provide you with details of a suitable company.

Before You Leave Please make sure you have:

  • your discharge information form
  • -any prescriptions needed
  • arranged follow up treatment with your doctor
  • your private x-ray discs with you
  • finalised any outstanding payments.

Feedback Grace encourages feedback from our patients in order to continually monitor and improve our service. We welcome your comments, concerns or suggestions as our patient experience is of paramount importance to us. If you have provided your email address to us, you will receive an invitation to provide feedback via our on-line survey.

When you get home
We strongly advise you have a capable adult with you for the first 24 hours following discharge from hospital. It's important that you rest during this time so it's helpful to have additional support.

It's normal to feel some degree of pain or discomfort after an operation - your surgeon and nurses will explain what is to be expected based on your procedure.  Please also feel free to call us if you have any queries.
Please call your surgeon or doctor immediately if you experience
  • increased pain or excessive swelling around the wound
  • nausea or vomiting
  • chest pain or breathing trouble
  • fever or chills
In the event of an emergency call an ambulance (111).
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