Your admission to hospital

Your admission to Cabrini will be arranged by your doctor’s office. Once it's confirmed that you need to be admitted to hospital your doctor will provide you with the Your stay at Cabrini information booklet including the following forms: 

  • Patient admission registration form
  • Patient health questionnaire
  • Acknowledgement of consent

Prompt completion and return of these forms will help us make the appropriate arrangements in preparation for your visit. A separate health questionnaire is available for children under 16 years. Please note that Brighton patients will not receive a health questionnaire.

If you require any help with these forms please contact our Preadmission Nursing Service on (03) 9508 1439 between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm from Monday to Friday. Any queries of a medical nature should be directed to your doctor.

Our preadmission team will provide you with information about your forthcoming hospital stay and help plan for your return home. A preadmission telephone interview is required for all surgical patients who are staying overnight at our Malvern and Brighton hospitals. If you are undergoing complex surgery, you may also need to visit the Preadmission Clinic where a family member is welcome to accompany you. 

Before coming to hospital

  • Obtain a current list of medications from your general practitioner or local pharmacist. Please bring the medication list with you on the day of your admission to hospital
  • Complementary or alternative medicines should not be taken two weeks prior to surgery. Please check with your treating doctor
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding admission time, special preparation, fasting and medications prior to surgery
  • Patients for elective surgery may be contacted by the Nursing Preadmission Service to discuss the patient health questionnaire and complete a nursing preadmission

 Check your insurance details

  • If you have private health cover, please contact your health fund to confirm that your admission is covered, and if there are any co-payments/excess which may apply to this admission
  • If you have a compensation claim such as WorkCover or TAC, please confirm your entitlement for this admission with your insurer
  • If you are uninsured or self-insured, please contact Patient Services Malvern on 9508 1789 or Brighton on 9508 5888 for an estimate of costs for hospitalisation which is payable on admission
  • Please ask your doctor to explain the medical fees which may incur
  • Interpreters may be arranged through the nursing staff. Please notify Cabrini prior to admission if you need an interpreter

Maternity Services

A Cabrini midwife will contact you with information about our maternity services including childbirth education, breastfeeding clinic and domiciliary midwifery services.


Advance Care Planning

If you have appointed an Enduring Power of Attorney (Medical Treatment) and/or completed a Refusal of Treatment Certificate and wish them to be applied to your hospital admission, please inform the nurse on admission.

Learn more about Advance Care Planning


What to bring with you

Clinical information

  • Any doctor/s letters, reports, notes, consent forms
  • All relevant x-rays and scans
  • All medication repeats and authority scripts
  • An up-to-date list of your current medications authorised by your general practitioner or pharmacist
  • All medications currently being taken, in the original labelled pharmacy container (including inhalers, patches, drops, injections and herbal/complementary medicines).

It is important for us to know what medicines you are taking. We also need to know if there have been any recent changes to your medicines.  

Learn more about your medicines

Insurance information

  • Healthcare card, Pharmaceutical Safety Net card
  • Health fund card, DVA card for veterans
  • Medicare card and pensioner concession card
  • Letter of authorisation for treatment from WorkCover or TAC.

Personal belongings

  • Nightwear, dressing gown, slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Physical aids
  • For children: a favourite toy or book
  • For babies: disposable nappies and infant formula (two bottles)

Please do not bring valuables, large sums of money or jewellery. Cabrini does not accept responsibility for patients’ valuables or property brought into the hospital.

Wireless Internet (WiFi)

Free wireless internet is available to patients with their own mobile browsing device. However, Cabrini does not accept responsibility for loss or damage to your device.