Is there any chance my surgery will be cancelled? Why would this happen?
Barwon Health recognises that cancellations have a significant impact on the lives of the consumer and that regretfully it happens sometimes. Surgery may be cancelled due to a more urgent case requiring surgery, an emergency case, or due to a shortage in hospital beds. It may also be cancelled if there is an unexpected problem with a case before you. Whilst every effort is taken not to cancel/postpone surgery, unfortunately, we have no control over emergencies or the number of patients within the hospital already. If your surgery is postponed, we endeavour to give you an alternate date at the time of the cancellation.
If you need to cancel your surgery for any reason, you should contact the waiting list office (via the hospital switchboard, ph. 4215 0000) as soon as possible. They may be able to bring another patient in for surgery on this day. If you cancel surgery too many times, the surgeons may wish to review you in the Outpatient Department, or may remove you from the waiting list.
If my surgery is cancelled, will I need to have more appointments and tests prior to the surgery?
You may need to have another appointment to see the anaesthetist, depending on the type of surgery you are having, and the length of time before your new surgery date. Tests will be repeated if more than three (3) months has elapsed since the last tests were completed. If you need to have a special blood test for bloods group and screen or cross match, this will need to be repeated within 3-5 days of the new surgery date.
I have a cold, and my surgery is within the next week, what should I do?
Please consult your local doctor, and discuss the surgery you are having, and the effect your cold may have on this. If you develop a cold within a few days of the surgery, please phone the Perioperative Service for advice.
Do I need to notify anyone if I move or change phone numbers?
You should notify the Waiting List office immediately in this instance on ph. 4215 1622. They need to be able to contact you when your surgery is booked. If the waiting list office is unable to contact you, despite repeated attempts, you may be taken off the waiting list.