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Patients & Visitors

Day of surgery

​Skin preparation

Please shower on the day of admission using antibacterial soap as this helps to reduce the risk of infection. Our skin preparation brochure provides easy instructions for preparing for an operation with tips on what to use and what not to use on your skin prior to surgery.

PDF Document Skin preparation brochure (271 KB)


Remove all body piercings prior to your admission.

Arrive on time

It is important that you arrive at the Surgical Admission Centre at the time allocated to you. On arrival present to the reception with your:

  • Medicare card
  • Pension card
  • X-rays
  • Medications
  • Documents relevant to your procedure

Do not bring money or other valuables with you to hospital.

Gosford Hospital Surgical Admission Centre is located on level 5 of the main building. Take the lift to level 5 and follow the directions to the Surgical Admission Centre.

Wyong Hospital Surgical Admission Centre is located on level 3. Take the lift to level 3 and follow the directions to the Surgical Admission Centre.

After you have checked in with our reception staff you will be asked to take a seat until the nurse is ready to complete your admission paperwork with you and any other pre-surgery requirements such as blood pressure, weight and height. If you have any questions or concerns let the nurse know.

Please do not consume food or drink while waiting for your procedure unless advised otherwise by nursing staff.

Visitors and support people

We understand that some patients like to have family or friends with them when they come to hospital however, due to limited space and patient privacy we would appreciate if the number of support people is limited to one or two.

Visitors can wait in the Surgical Admission Centre’s waiting room while the patient is in the operating theatre area (a minimum of three hours) or they may choose to go to the Carer Retreat if at Gosford Hospital, go home or to work and return later. Carers of day patients will be contacted when the patient is ready for discharge.

If there are special circumstances related to the admission of your family member or person you care for and they require additional support during their stay please let our staff know. 

Visiting hours

11am to 1pm and 3pm to 8pm. Maximum of two visitors at any one time. Children are welcome to visit but please ensure that they remain quiet and are supervised at all times.

Patient enquiries

To enquire about a relative or loved who is a patient at either Gosford or Wyong Hospital contact 02 4320 3248.

Delays to your procedure

We aim to provide your surgery on the day of your admission. Occasionally, due to unforeseen circumstances, such as increased emergency operations, there will be delays to the operating theatre list for patients admitted for planned surgery. This may delay your procedure to later on the same day or it may result in your procedure being postponed and rescheduled. If this occurs we will reschedule your surgery at the earliest suitable opportunity.

Emergency surgery (also known as trauma surgery) will be given priority over elective (planned) surgery.

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