What to bring
Please bring toiletries, nightwear, appropriate non-slip footwear, a dressing gown and any mobilising aids you require, such as a walking stick, crutches, frame or wheelchair. You will have ample wardrobe storage space in your room.
There is no need to bring hand towels or bath towels, as these are provided.
When coming into hospital, please bring any medicines, tablets or supplements you are taking. These will be stored in a safe in your room, and used to help the doctor to prescribe additional medication accurately.
Private patients are accommodated in spacious single rooms, while semi-private patients are assigned twin rooms. All rooms are en-suite, with multi-channel flat screen TVs, direct dial telephones and WiFi.
Admissions and Discharge
Admission. What happens when you arrive
Your admission will have been arranged between your Consultant, your GP and the Hospital. So when you arrive, we will be expecting you. Go straight to Reception, where you will be shown to Admissions for registration, before being directed to the department/ward where you will be treated. If you are unable to attend for your admission, please let us know as early as possible by calling on 01-260 9300.
In the unlikely event that there is a delay to your admission, we will contact you as early as possible, and your admission will be rescheduled.
A patient’s consent is required before certain treatments and procedures, such as surgery, anaesthesia and the use of blood and blood products.
As part of the consent process, your Consultant will clearly explain the procedure to you, outlining the risks and the benefits. We encourage all patients to actively participate in their care plan, and to ask as many questions as necessary.
Discharge. When your treatment is complete
Patients and families are also asked to participate with staff in planning for discharge. It is important for the efficient running of the hospital that patients vacate their beds by 10 a.m. Those in short stay units by 9 a.m.
Please also check that you have all your belongings with you on departure.
It is important to remember that, during your stay here, you may be unsteady on your feet due to your condition or your medical treatment. To reduce your risk of having a fall, please use the call bell provided in your room to ask for assistance when moving about.
On admission, you will be provided with a patient identification wristband. It is important that you wear this at all times while staying with us. Please also advise us if you have any food or medication allergies.
Leaving the ward
You must inform a nurse if you are leaving your ward, even if it is only for a short period of time.
You are advised not to bring large sums of money, jewellery or expensive electronic items with you, as we cannot accept responsibility for lost or damaged property. We strongly recommend the use of the safe, which can be found inside the wardrobe in your room.
St Vincent’s Private Hospital is a smoke-free environment. This includes vaping.
All staff members are instructed in fire safety, and fire exits are clearly marked throughout the hospital. In the unlikely event of a fire, stay calm and follow the instructions of staff.
Some appliances can interfere with hospital equipment, so it is important to first check with a member of staff before personal electronic devices are used i.e. mobile phones, laptops, iPads.