Arriving at hospital
If you are coming to one of our hospitals for arranged (elective) surgery or an outpatients appointment or procedure, please report to the Information Desk at the Main Entrance or the department specified on the letter you received from the hospital.
If you need any assistance, for instance directions or a wheelchair, please ask at the Information Desk at the Main Entrance.
Most patients report to the Day Stay Unit (DSU) on the day of their surgery.
Nelson Hospital - enter from the Main Entrance. Take the stairs on the left or the lifts on the right-hand to Level 3. Turn right out of the lifts. The Day Stay Unit is on your right.
Wairau Hospital - enter the hospital main entrance. Turn left down the main corridor. The Day Stay Unit is straight ahead.
Types of Admissions
You will have your operation or procedure and be able to go home on the same day. If you need extra time in hospital time you may be admitted to a ward.
Day of surgery admission (DOSA)
Your operation is on the day you come in to hospital but you may stay for a day or more after the operation.
You will come to hospital a day or so before having your operation and stay as long as necessary for your recovery
Your GP or a specialist will have arranged for you to have surgery or a procedure at the hospital. You may have been sent an appointment time to attend a pre-admission clinic at Surgical Outpatients where you will be asked questions for your admission and anaesthetic if you are having surgery.
Please complete any forms you have received before your appointment.
The pre-admission team will go through a checklist with you.
If you start to feel unwell in the 48 hours before your surgery, please call the hospital for advice:
Nelson Hospital (03) 546 1687
Wairau Hospital (03) 520 9686
Call the number on your booking letter for advice if you feel there is a reason for not keeping your surgery date.
Page last updated: 02/12/2016