Find out more about pre-admission procedures, day surgery and being an inpatient at the Eye and Ear.

Surgery at the Eye and Ear

Patients coming for surgery are admitted to Surgical Admissions + Recovery on Level 2 via the Green lifts (Smorgon Family Wing). Day surgery patients are discharged from the same level. Patients requiring ward admission will be transferred to the Inpatient Ward on Level 4 of the Blue Wing after their surgery.

We provide a range of different specialist surgeries, including:

  • cataract surgery
  • squint surgery
  • glaucoma surgery
  • corneal surgery
  • oculoplastic surgery
  • minor eye procedures, such as chalazion and pterygium
  • various ear, nose, and throat surgeries, such as tonsils, adenoids, grommets, septoplasty.


Pre-admission appointments are for people who need to see a specialist or have some tests before surgery.

Not everyone who has surgery at the Eye and Ear has a pre-admission appointment. We may just call you to ask about your medical history and to confirm the details of your surgery.

What happens at the pre-admission appointment?

At the pre-admission appointment we will:

  • answer any questions you have
  • provide you with information about your surgery and what to expect
  • take any tests that are required before surgery, they may include an ECG (electrocardiogram), a blood test, and a chest x-ray.

What should you bring?

Please bring your:

  • medications in their original containers
  • Medicare card
  • pension, social security, veteran affairs, or private health insurance cards, if relevant
  • Your Concession card and Safety Net Card (if you have one)
  • A list of your current medicines and doses and purpose of medicine (if you have one available.)
  • GP’s address and phone number and
  • any updated information about your current problems, previous illnesses, medication, allergies, and other health matters.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that you can remove easily. If you are having tests, you may need to take some of your clothes off.

Please also note that the hospital does not take responsibility for the loss or misplacement of these items.

Please do not bring cash.

On the day of your surgery

On the day of your surgery, please go directly to the admissions area specified in your appointment letter.

The majority of patients who have elective surgery are discharged back home soon after surgery. Some patients requiring further observation are discharged to the ward.

What you need to bring?

Please bring:

  • medications in their original containers
  • Medicare card, pension card (if you have one), and any other medicine concession and Safety Net cards you may hold.
  • any personal items you may need, please do not bring jewelry or valuable personal items

All patients under 16 years of age require a parent or guardian to be present at admission. For children under 12 years of age who are staying overnight, a parent or guardian is required to stay with them.

Please note that the hospital does not take responsibility for the loss or misplacement of any personal items. Please do not bring cash.

What to expect

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    1. Registration:

    You will be asked to take a seat and wait until a nurse calls out your name. Patients are called based on the order of the Surgery lists, not on arrival times. Most patients do not require pre-medication.

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    2. Pre-Surgery:

    Once called, the nurse will prepare you for surgery. Any pre-medication ordered by the doctor will be given to you at this time as well.

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    3. Anaesthetic Room:

    If you have any questions about the procedure, you can ask your nurse or you doctor at any time before having anaesthesia and surgery. Please refer to Informed Patient Consent for more information.

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    4. Operation Theatre:

    Your nurse and anaesthetist will take you into the operation theatre where you will have your surgery.

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    5. Recovery:

    Once the procedure is complete, you will be transferred to a recovery room where recovery nurses will take care of you until you are ready for discharge to either go home or the ward.

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    6. Home:

    Your post-operative instructions, discharge medications and follow-up appointments will be given to you before you leave the unit.

Want to know more?

These are really informative resources and videos to help prepare you for surgery at the Eye and Ear: