You will be admitted to Bowral & District Hospital either as an emergency patient, or a booked/elective surgery patient.
You may be admitted to Hospital after initially receiving treatment in the Emergency Department. If so, the admission procedure will take place once a bed has been made available for you in the Hospital. If there are delays for any reason, rest assured that your treatment will continue and you will be under close observation while you are waiting.
If you require an urgent surgical procedure, your treating doctor will arrange your surgery on an agreed date, before placing you on a waiting list ordered by clinical priority.
For other surgical procedures, you will be asked to take the referral form from your specialist to the Hospital’s main reception. We recommend you do this as soon as possible and within three working days. The main reception is open 8.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday.
You will be asked a few questions and then placed on the Hospital’s waiting list in order of clinical priority as determined by your specialist. Your referral form provided by your specialist will have details on whether you are to be admitted as a day-only patient, or if an overnight stay is required.
You may be required to visit the Pre-Admissions Clinic to assess whether you need any additional tests or a specialised visit to an anaesthetist at a clinic. This information will also determine whether you can be admitted as a ‘day-only’ patent, or if an overnight stay is required.
It’s very important that you follow all instructions on the letter you receive from the Hospital. If you are not able to undergo your surgery at the time arranged, please contact the Admissions and Pre-admissions Department as soon as possible, so alternate arrangements can be made.