Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for Surgery

If you have a confirmed surgery date, our team will prepare the paperwork that you are required to complete. This will include:

  • Hospital admission questionnaire
  • Surgery admission information including hospital location, anaesthetist details, fasting and admission times, and your post-operative appointment time
  • Informed financial consent form which outlines important information about the expected costs or surgery.

Important reminders

Regardless of the nature of your surgery, if you have had a procedure in hospital, there are protocols in place for your safety including:

  1. You must fast for 6 hours prior to surgery, including clear fluids.
  2. You must be picked up after surgery and escorted home. This does not include a taxi or Uber.
  3. You must notify us on about any new medical conditions or exacerbations of current conditions.


Your patient registration questionnaire will ask if you take anticoagulants ("blood thinners") or Warfarin. Dr Fairbank usually recommends patients to stay on these medications but she will instruct you if she wishes you to cease prior to surgery. If you cannot recall discussing your medications at your consultation, please phone to alert us.

What to bring to hospital

  • Wear comfortable clothes; bear in mind that they need to be easy to put back on following surgery with dressings.
  • We suggest that you take a book/magazine/iPad etc for the inevitable waiting times and occasional delays, or to distract you if you are feeling mildly anxious.
  • For overnight stays, bring medications, change of clothes, night attire and necessary toiletries

More information

If you have any questions regarding the hospital and their policies, please visit:


Australian & New Zealand Burn Association
Australian Medical Association
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
Fellow of the Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons


The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Monash Health