Information for surgical patients

Information for surgical patients

Fees

A full understanding of the costs of your surgery is important.  For full details of costs involved and any possible co-payment that you may be responsible for, you should consult our counselor.  We will provide an estimate of costs involved.

  • Your surgery costs include your theatre fee, accommodation, medications and dressing.

  • If you are in a cashless panels/ mediclaim, any co-payment or excess that may be associated with your cover is payable prior to your procedure. You will be advised of this amount.

  • If you are self-insured (i.e. do not have any cashless panel or mediclaim), you will have an estimate of the cost for your theatre fee and accommodation before the procedure is performed. This is payable on the day of your procedure.

Booking In

You need to confirm the booking date in advance.  A member of staff will contact you a few days prior to surgery to confirm your admission and other instructions relating to you surgery.  You are welcome to ask as many questions as you like.

Fasting

You will be given your fasting instructions when you are contacted.  Failure to comply with these instructions could result in cancellation of your operation.

Alcohol/Smoking

The facility is a non-smoking, non-alcohol facility.  We recommend that you refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol at least 48 hours prior to your operation.  However, there is a designated smoking area outside the building.  Please ask the staff if you need to access this area.

Valuables/clothing/make-up

Light, comfortable clothing is recommended. DO NOT WEAR makeup or nail polish on the day of your procedure. It is important that we can view the nature colour of your skin and nail beds. Do not bring any valuables with you. It is best not to wear jewellery. 
we do not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage of any valuables you bring with you

What to bring with you on the day

Your previous consultation records.

Your cashless policy card and papers.

All paperwork given to you for your admission, completed or not

A list of all your medications including those that only need to be taken occasionally or bring them all with you

A list of all your allergies (if any). Include allergies to medications, food, tapes etc.

Any test results relating to your procedure

On the day of your procedure

Upon your arrival, our staff will arrange your admission and ensure that your medical history is completed. 

The nurse will escort you to the pre-admission room where she will check your blood pressure, temperature and obtain a medical history from you. You will be given a gown to put over your normal clothes and some bootees and a hat to wear. Drops will be instilled into your eyes before the surgery.

The anaesthetist will also see you and check that your general health is adequate for the procedure you are about to have. He will listen to your heart and chest and check all your test results. 

You will then be taken into the theatre area and your eye will be prepared for surgery. The operation will be performed with a local anaesthetic that is injected into the area around your eye. To ensure your comfort you will be given some anaesthetic or sedation to make you sleep and become drowsy to enable the eye to be anaesthetised.

Please note:

YOU MUST NOT DRIVE A VEHICLE OR OPERATE MACHINERY FOR 24 HOURS AFTER YOUR OPERATION

DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL OR SMOKE FOR 24 HOURS

A RESPONSIBLE ADULT MUST DRIVE YOU HOME AND STAY WITH YOU FOR 24 HOURS

YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DRIVE YOURSELF HOME

WE ADIVSE THAT YOU DO NOT SIGN ANY LEGAL DOCUMENTS WITHIN THE FIRST 24 HOURS

 

AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE.

At Home

You may feel some discomfort. Rest for the next 24 hours. Read your discharge instructions carefully and follow them.

Follow up

Save sight centre has been meticulously designed to ensure you receive the highest standard of care. We wish to maintain these high standards.The Surgeon or a member of the nursing staff will telephone you to check on your progress a few hours after your operation. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.