If you need surgery or other medical procedures, you are likely to attend a clinic or hospital in Victoria. This information will take you through the preparation for a stay in hospital, provide advice about managing your stay through to recovery and discharge. Practical information about paperwork, costs and payments is also available here. 

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Hospitals explained

Preparing for hospital or surgery

Managing a hospital stay

Older people in hospital

The hospital journey

  • Getting ready for hospital
  • Arriving at hospital
  • Staying at hospital

    Communication at hospital

    There is a range of support to help you communicate with your doctor and hospital to get the services you need, from interpreters to special food and  emotional support.

    Asking for support and advice at hospital

    A hospital stay can be stressful for patients and their loved ones. All Victorian hospitals offer hospital support and hospital advice to people needing extra help.

    Managing work, study, family and hospital

    Making sure your regular commitments are taken care of during a hospital stay will give you peace of mind to concentrate on your recovery.

    Making decisions at hospital (checklist)

    This checklist provides a list of things to think about regarding health decisions in hospital. It will help you with your health decision making.

    Informed consent for medical treatment

    Informed consent means having enough information about a medical procedure to decide whether to have it done.

  • Visiting someone at hospital

    Visiting someone in hospital

    This checklist provides a list of things to think about regarding health decisions in hospital. It will help you with your health decision making.

    Finding your way around a hospital

    Finding your way around a hospital can be challenging. Use a hospital map to find the different departments, services and facilities.

    Patient and carer rights at hospital

    You and your carers should expect clear communication about medical issues and treatment options and costs in hospital in a way that you can understand.

    Support and accommodation for families at hospital

    All Victorian hospitals have a patient services staff and social workers on staff. They can help you and your family with hospital accommodation and hospital support services.

  • Leaving hospital

    Preparing to leave hospital

    Start your hospital discharge planning before you leave hospital. Speak with your healthcare team to understand the hospital’s discharge process to get the support you need in place.

    Recovery, rehabilitation and hospital follow up

    After your discharge from hospital, you may need intensive physical rehabilitation, or to simply take it easy for a few days. Make sure you get the required care after your hospital discharge.

    Leaving hospital (checklist)

    Start your hospital discharge planning before you leave hospital. Speak with your healthcare team to understand the hospital’s discharge process to get the support you need in place.

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