Day procedure patients

Day procedures are minor procedures that are performed under general or local anaesthetic. The procedures are short and you will not be required to stay overnight.

Your preparation

Make sure that you talk to your doctor prior to your procedure to understand any special instructions with regards to fasting and confirm what medications you need to continue or stop taking, and when.

It is essential that you arrange to have a responsible adult collect you following your procedure and stay with you overnight. Failure to do so may result in your procedure being cancelled.

What to bring

A list of the essentials that you will need for your hospital stay, including information about your condition, current medication, ID, concessions, cards, and personal belongings. Find out what to bring to hospital.

What to expect

Having a day procedure can mean a full day in hospital. It may include an early start and a wait for surgery, depending where you are on the list. Find out about Procedure day – what to expect.

Preventing Surgical site Infection and Pre-operative washing

There are lots of germs on our skin and in our environment. Most of them cause no harm however, these germs can enter the body through the incision made by the surgeon.

Download a copy of our guide to preventing surgical site infection and pre-operative washing


You will be provided with a personal discharge plan. Staff can assist you with arranging services you may require following your procedure. As certain anaesthetics cause drowsiness it is important that you do not drive for 24 hours after surgery. Find out about leaving hospital after treatment.

Related links

Who pays for your hospital stay? Find out about accounts, health funds, concessions, medications and the cost of your hospital stay.

Please note: Smoking is not permitted in the hospital buildings or grounds.

Preparing for hospital