Please attend Reception where you will be admitted by Patient Services staff.
During your stay, nursing staff will advise you of the services available and the care and treatment you may require after you leave hospital.
Malvern patients only: On the day of your procedure, please bring your Day Procedure Centre brochure with you.
All patients: Please follow your doctor’s instructions regarding special preparation prior to your procedure and do not drink alcohol the day before your admission.
As certain types of anaesthetics may cause drowsiness and impair your mental awareness, please arrange for someone to collect you after your procedure and remain with you for the following 24 hours. On admission, ask the nurse for an estimated length of stay.
Do not wear make-up, jewellery or nail varnish and wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day of your procedure.
You will be provided with a personal discharge plan and staff are available to assist with arranging services you may need following your procedure.
Sleep-over facilities are available for one parent. Parents are welcome to visit at any time and be involved in their child’s care.
A patient guide is available at every bedside with information about the range of services available to you, as well general information about how to access our amenities.
A short video plays on all patient TV screens, outlining useful and important information during your stay at Cabrini.
Call and Respond Early is a patient safety system that can be used by patients, families and carers when they are concerned about a patient’s wellbeing.
This brochure is intended to help you understand your cardiac surgical experience, as well as provide you with information about what you can expect during your stay with us.
During your hospital stay you will be asked to provide your name, date and address prior to any procedure. This is to ensure the quality and safety of your care.
Patient collection has never been easier – simply drive up to the waiting bay to collect your friend or family member, no need to park the car.
It is important to consider your transport to other facilities or returning home when you come into hospital.
In line with our mission to provide excellence in all our services, we are committed to achieving 100 per cent patient satisfaction and 100 per cent safe care. For these reasons, we are monitoring our services through a series of audits (or checks) designed to help us identify risks to our patients and thereby ensure the safest possible care. Our patients are an invaluable source of information about our services.
At Cabrini, our main consideration is the safety of our patients. We are committed to minimising the risk of you acquiring an infection during your treatment. Hospitals can be risky places. If you are elderly or otherwise debilitated, if you require an intravenous drip for a prolonged period of time, if you have an open wound – then you may be at increased risk of developing an infection.
Antimicrobials include antibiotics active against bacteria, as well as anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic medicines. Inappropriate use of antimicrobials can lead to increases in drug resistance, side effects and treatment costs. An effective approach in hospitals is an organised antimicrobial management program, known as antimicrobial stewardship (AMS).
At Cabrini, we believe doctors and other healthcare practitioners should not intentionally cause the death of a person in their care and should not assist a person in taking their own life. Cabrini will therefore not be participating in voluntary assisted dying for patients receiving care with us at our facilities or in their homes while under our care.
Before coming to hospital, be sure to make plans for returning home – talk to your family, doctor, case manager or pre-admission nurse. Matters to consider include shopping, domestic help, personal care, meals, home safety aids and equipment. When you arrive at hospital, talk to your admission nurse about any needs you may have on leaving hospital. Your length of stay at Cabrini will be determined by your admitting doctor and your medical needs. The preadmission nurse will discuss discharge with you and arrange a plan. Staff will assist you and your family to plan and arrange care after you leave hospital. If needed, community based health and support services will be arranged. A care coordination service is available to facilitate complex discharge planning and can be accessed through the nurse manager of your ward. The Brighton Case Coordinator is available to assist with discharge planning, call 0409 154 319.
If you are having a procedure, certain treatments or investigations including a blood transfusion, you are required to complete an Acknowledgement of Consent. Your doctor is responsible for ensuring you are adequately informed of the proposed treatment or procedure before completing the form. A brochure outlining the significant risks, benefits and alternatives to blood transfusion is available from the Nursing Preadmission Service or your ward nurse after admission. If a staff member is exposed to your blood or other body fluids through a sharps/needlestick injury or by other means, your permission will be sought to test your blood for infective agents that could have been transmitted.
Cabrini has a Tier 1 rating with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. A Veterans’ Liaison Coordinator can offer assistance to veterans and their families and may be contacted at Malvern on 9508 1591 or at Brighton on 0409 154 319.