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Patient Admission & Discharge Information

Patient eAdmissions Registration

Thank you for choosing Ashford Hospital for your hospital stay.

In order to ensure timely processing of your admission, we request that you aim to complete the online admission form no later than 72 hours prior for general admissions and no later than 20 weeks into your pregnancy for maternity admissions.

To assist you with this process, please have the following information at hand:

  • Admitting Doctor, admission date, procedure date and procedure
  • Emergency contact details
  • Funding details eg, private health insurance, Department of Veterans' Affairs, WorkCover SA (now ReturnToWorkSA), etc
  • Medicare card, concession card(s), Ambulance Membership card
  • List of medication(s) and dosage

Important - If you are registering as a new user, you will also require a valid email address and mobile phone number to submit your eAdmission online.

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Need help? If you need assistance with completing your eAdmission forms, please contact us on 08 8375 5222.


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Insured Patients

It is important that you are aware of any financial obligations related to your admission. If this has not been discussed with you, please ask to speak to one of our accounts staff.

You will be asked to complete and sign a health insurance claim form on admission. Any excess payment applicable to your policy will be required to be paid on or prior to admission. Ashford Hospital will submit your claim directly to your health fund on your behalf.

In the event that your health fund rejects your claim for reimbursement for any reason, the hospital will seek to recover any amounts outstanding from you.

If you do not sign a health insurance claim form before discharge, a form will be sent to you for completion. Ashford Hospital requests that you return the completed and signed claim form as soon as possible.

Private Health Insurance

Ashford Hospital has an agreement with the majority of private health funds to cover the hospital charges for your admission, depending on the level of your cover. Some levels of cover require you to pay an excess or co-payment and you will be asked to pay this prior to, or on admission. In addition, health fund policies require members to serve waiting periods before they will provide cover, and some levels of cover have excluded services. Pre-existing ailment rules also apply and your cover may be subject to these rules. Ashford Hospital therefore strongly recommends that you contact your health fund to confirm your cover prior to your admission.

Medicare / Doctor's Fees

Medicare does not cover any private hospital accommodation (room charges) nor theatre fees as this is covered by your private health insurer. Doctor's fees are covered by Medicare and your private health insurer and depending on your Doctor and health insurance cover there may be a gap payable. You should discuss these charges with your Doctor and your health fund. You may also receive separate accounts for the following:

  • Attending Surgeon / Assisting Surgeon / Anaesthetist
  • Attending Physician (non surgical stay or medical consultation)
  • Medical Imaging (if x-rays or scans were required)
  • Pathology (if any tests such as blood tests or biopsies were required)
  • Critical Care Specialist (if you required a stay in the Critical Care Unit)
  • Emergency Department

Payment Methods

Ashford Hospital accepts cash, bank cheques, money orders, eftpos©, Amex, Visa and MasterCard for any amounts payable.

Please note a surcharge applies for credit card transactions.

Personal cheques and business cheques will not be accepted. Payment must be made prior to, or on admission.

Self Insured Patients

If you are a self insured patient (eg, you do not have private health cover), you will be required to pay an estimate of the total amount of the hospital account prior to admission. Just contact our accounts staff on 08 8375 5228 and we will provide you with a written quote.

WorkCover / Third Party Insurance

If your admission is as a result of a WorkCover, Third Party or Public Liability claim, we require prior written approval for your admission from the relevant insurance company. Once this approval is received, your admission can progress and you can get back on the road to recovery.

Where claims have not been approved by the insurance company, we can provide you with a written quote and you can choose to be admitted as a self insured patient. Just contact our accounts staff on 08 8375 5228 to discuss further.

Prescriptions

HPS Pharmacies provide pharmacy services for our hospital. If you have any questions related to an account, or a general enquiry, please contact them directly on 08 8193 9000.

Boarding Fees

Boarding can be arranged if required. There are standard boarding rates available which cover the cost of food and accommodation.

Patient Transport

Medicare does not cover ambulance costs. Some private health insurance policies do cover the cost of an ambulance. However, many only cover you for emergency services. Please contact your health fund to determine your level of cover. If you have separate ambulance cover please advise us.

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Admissions to Ashford Hospital can occur in a variety of ways.

Planned admissions will be arranged by your Doctor who will inform you of the date and in some cases, the time you need to come to hospital.

Ashford Hospital has a dedicated Preadmission Nurse. You may be contacted via phone one to two days prior to a planned admission. During this call the Preadmission Nurse will discuss your hospital visit, confirm relevant information with you and will assist to answer any questions you may have about your stay.

If you wish to speak with the Preadmission Nurse, please call 08 8375 5866 (8.00am - 4.00pm, Monday – Friday) or alternatively leave a message and we will return your call.

Further information is provided below for patients being admitted for day surgery, or surgery requiring an overnight stay.

Day Surgery

Preparation for Your Stay

Please shower, wear comfortable clothing and remove your jewellery (you may leave your wedding ring on). Please do not wear any make up and remove your nail polish.

Contact your Doctor if you experience any change in your condition prior to the day of your operation (cough, fever, etc).

The afternoon before your admission you will receive a phone call or SMS message confirming your admission time. In some cases your Doctor may have already provided you with these details. It is very important that you strictly adhere to your fasting time as detailed by your Doctor. Fasting also includes smoking and chewing gum.

Please arrange for someone to escort you home after your discharge.

Admission to Day Surgery

On admission please enter the hospital via Reception located on Marleston Avenue, Ashford. Please proceed to the reception desk to notify staff that you have arrived.

After your admission has been processed and identity details confirmed by our reception team, you will be escorted to the Day Ward. A nurse will admit you and provide you with information about your stay in hospital. We ask if you do require a medical / carers certificate please advise nursing staff on admission.

While we aim to keep your waiting time to a minimum, the nature of surgery sometimes means there may be a delay due to unexpected / extended needs of other patients. We will keep you informed of this on the day and ask for your patience and co-operation.

After your procedure you will spend some time in Recovery, prior to returning to the Day Ward.

Discharge from Day Surgery

We aim to give you and your family an approximate discharge time from the hospital.

You will be given written information with your post operative instructions if this has not already been provided to you by your Doctor. Please be aware following your anaesthetic you will be required to have someone stay with you overnight and for the following 24 hours you will not be able to drive.

We will contact you day after your surgery to check on your progress.

Overnight Stay

Preparation for Your Stay

Please shower, wear comfortable clothing and remove your jewellery (you may leave your wedding ring on). Please do not wear any make up and remove your nail polish.

Contact your Doctor if you experience any change in your condition prior to the day of your operation (cough, fever, etc).

The afternoon before your admission you will receive a phone call or SMS message confirming your admission time. In some cases your Doctor may have already provided you with these details. It is very important that you strictly adhere to your fasting time as detailed by your Doctor. Fasting also includes smoking and chewing gum.

Admission for Surgery requiring Overnight Stay

On admission please enter the hospital via Reception located on Marleston Avenue, Ashford. Please proceed to the reception desk to notify staff you have arrived.

After your admission has been processed and identity details confirmed by our reception team, you will be escorted to the Day Ward or, in some cases, directly to a surgical ward. A nurse will admit you and provide you with information about your stay in hospital. We ask if you do require a medical / carers certificate please advise nursing staff on admission.

While we aim to keep your waiting time to a minimum, the nature of surgery sometimes means there may be a delay due to unexpected / extended needs of other patients. We will keep you informed of this on the day and ask for your patience and co-operation.

Post Operative Management

After your procedure you will spend some time in Recovery, prior to returning to a surgical ward. On your return to the ward your nurse will monitor and assist you.

Accommodation

Ashford Hospital provides a range of accommodation including single rooms, two bed and three bed share rooms. Every effort is made to provide you with your preferred style of accommodation. Please discuss your particular needs with the nursing staff on your ward.

The rooms are equipped with a television, radio, telephone, access to Wi-Fi and a call bell for nursing assistance. Local phone calls are free of charge. Phone calls to country areas or mobiles will require a phone card, able to be purchased from reception.

Meals

Ashford Hospital aims to provide you with a selection of appetising meals to provide the appropriate nourishment to aid recovery.

Special dietary requests can be met if required and a Dietician is available upon referral by your Doctor.

Meals are served at these times:

  • Breakfast 7.00am – 8.00am
  • Morning Tea 9.30am
  • Lunch 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Afternoon Tea 2.30pm
  • Dinner 5.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Supper 7.00pm

Newspapers

The Advertiser newspaper will be delivered to the ward each morning and distributed by the staff.

  • Health Care Card
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Pharmaceutical Safety Net Card
  • Health Fund Card
  • Family Prescription Record Card
  • Veterans' Affairs Card
  • Medicare Card
  • Worker's Compensation Claims Agent Details
  • Third Party / Accident Details
  • All medication currently being taken (in original packaging)
  • A list of all current medications from your General Practitioner (preferably typed)
  • All medication repeat prescriptions
  • All relevant x-rays / scans
  • Notes / letters / reports from your Doctor
  • Pyjamas / Dressing gown
  • Slippers (non-slip)
  • Toiletries including soap, etc
  • Spectacles
  • Small amount of cash
  • Walking aid (if used)
  • CPAP machine (if used)

What Not to Bring

In the interests of safety, we request that you do not bring hairdryers, talcum powder, wheat bags, hot water bottles or heat packs of any kind to hospital.

Personal Effects / Valuables

We strongly advise patients not to bring valuables, jewellery or excessive sums of money to hospital. Ashford Hospital does not accept responsibility for loss or damage to personal property.

Electrical Equipment

We encourage you not to bring electrical items into the hospital. If you do bring an electrical item with you, please ensure the cords are in good condition. Particular care should be taken with hair straighteners and shavers due to their internal heating elements and the increased risk of electrocution near water. Hairdryers are available for patient use.

Falls Prevention

Patients have an increased risk of falling whilst in hospital due to the unfamiliar environment, changes in mobility and strength and the influence of some of their medications. Your safety is of paramount importance to us therefore we ask that you take some simple measures to assist us:

  • Sleepwear should be no longer than knee length
  • Dressing gown should be no longer than knee length
  • Slippers, socks and shoes should be non-slip and flat

Further information regarding our falls prevention plan can be found here.

It’s OK to Ask Program

It’s OK to Ask is a patient safety program that highlights that the patient is the most important member of the healthcare team, and that excellence in healthcare requires a partnership with patients.

Patients who take part in decisions about their care are more likely to have better outcomes.

  • It’s OK to Ask questions and let us know your concerns and special needs
  • It’s OK to Ask questions about why something is being done or not
  • It’s OK to Ask for more information about your medical condition
  • It’s OK to Ask for help and become involved as a partner in your medical care

Patient Centred Care

Ashford Hospital supports Patient Centred Care which encourages active involvement of patients and their families in the decision making and planning of care. Ashford Hospital staff endevour to be respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences and values.

Please discuss any concerns or questions with the nursing staff.

Pressure Injury Prevention

A pressure injury is an area of skin damage such as a wound, sore, ulcer or areas of persistent reddening caused by direct pressure or friction.

To prevent pressure injury keep active by shifting your position on a regular basis. Let nursing staff know if you have any sore spots on your body and they will assist to implement additional prevention methods such as a pressure relieving mattress.

Further information regarding our pressure injury prevention plan can be found here.

Discharge time is 10.00am. We ask that you make arrangements to be picked up accordingly. If you are unable to leave hospital at this time, please discuss with nursing staff.

Prior to Discharge

Before you leave hospital make sure that you or your carer:

  • Know what further care you require at home
  • Collect medication that will be required
  • Know when and where your follow-up appointments are
  • Collect any x-rays or imaging tests performed

Transport Home

We advise that you should be in the company of a responsible adult for 24 hours after a procedure and you must have somebody escort you home from the hospital.

Discharge Planning Assistance

Further information for patients requiring additional support with discharge planning can be found here.

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