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Before you arrive FAQs

Is it OK to continue smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol the day before my surgery?
Answer: We recommend that you avoid alcohol, cigarettes and non-prescribed medications or substances (other than your prescribed medications) for at least 24 hours prior to your admission. You may wish to consider using nicotine replacement prior to, during and after your hospital stay.  Please talk to your specialist about this prior to your admission. See Medication FAQs  for more information.

What if my health is changed, or I have a cold or skin infection?

Answer:

If there have been any recent changes in your health, please advise your anaesthetist, surgeon or Southern Cross Hospitals nursing staff at the earliest opportunity.  For example, if you develop a cold, infection or flu, have a skin infection, scratch or sore, vomiting or diarrhea, or suffer from an asthma attack prior to your admission, you should let your specialist or the hospital know as soon as possible - as it may be necessary to postpone your procedure. 


When should I stop eating and drinking?

Answer:

If you are undergoing surgery, your stomach must be empty and therefore it is very important to ask your specialist when you should stop eating and drinking (includes chewing gum and sweets) before admission. Here are some general guidelines, but you will receive specific instructions from your specialist, as individual requirements may differ.


Adults and children over 2 years
:  Do not eat anything for 6 hours before your admission time. You may drink WATER freely up until 2 hours before your admission, then nothing more.
 

Children under 2 years: Cows milk or formula may be taken up to 6 hours prior to admission time and breast milk up to 4 hours before admission. Water only up until 2 hours prior to admission and then nothing more.