Information for Surgical Patients

What is meant by Day Surgery?

When a patient is admitted for Day Surgery, this means that they are able to have their procedure and return home on the same day. There is no overnight stay and no need to bring special clothes or toiletries.


A full understanding of the costs of your day surgery is important. For full details of costs involved and any possible co-payment that you may be responsible for, you should consult the Day Surgery and your Health Fund. We will provide an estimate of costs only.

  • Your day surgery costs include your theatre fee, accommodation, medications and dressing.
  • If you are in a health fund, any co-payment or excess that may be associated with your cover is payable prior to your procedure. You will be advised of this amount.
  • If you are self-insured (ie do not have private health fund cover), you will have an estimate of the cost for your theatre fee and accommodation as accurately as we can before the procedure is performed. This is payable on the day of your procedure.
  • We ask that the surgeon’s fee be paid on the day of your procedure. An estimate will be sent to you with the amount.
  • There will be an assistant account and we will advise at the time of quotation in relation to this.
  • The anaesthetist accounts will be sent out to you in due course.

Booking In

You need to return the completed admission form to the Sydney Retina Clinic & Day Surgery as soon as possible. A member of staff will contact you a few days prior to surgery to confirm your admission and other instructions relating to you surgery. You are welcome to ask as many questions as you like.


Before your procedure you will be contacted by a nurse to answer some pre-admission questions and you will be given instructions for fasting. Most procedures require you to fast for 6 hours prior to your operation. It is advised that you do not fast for a period of time much greater than this. You are also encouraged to drink water up to 2 hours prior to the operation. Failure to comply with these instructions could result in cancellation of your operation.


The facility is a non-smoking, non-alcohol facility. We recommend that you refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol at least 48 hours prior to your operation. However, there is a designated smoking area outside the building. Please ask the staff if you need to access this area.

Valuables, Clothing, and Make-up

It is advised that you wear light, comfortable clothing (you are not required to change so it is important that you are comfortable).

Please do not wear makeup or nail polish on the day of your procedure. It is important that we can view the natural colour of your skin and nail beds.

You are required to remove all jewellery and valuables, therefore we recommend that you do not bring anything with you. Sydney Retina Clinic and Day Surgery does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage of any valuables you bring with you.

On the day of your procedure

What to bring with you on the day:

  • Admission and consent form fully completed
  • Private health fund card
  • Pension card
  • Medicare card
  • All paperwork given to you for your admission, completed or not
  • A list of all your medications including those that only need to be taken occasionally or bring them all with you
  • A list of all your allergies (if any). Include allergies to medications, food, tapes etc.
  • Any test results relating to your procedure

Upon your arrival, our staff will arrange your admission and ensure that your documentation and paperwork is completed.

You will then be escorted to the pre-admission room where the admissions nurse will check your vital signs and obtain a brief medical history from you. The nurse will then administer eye drops into the eye in preparation for surgery. You will then be given a gown to put over your normal clothes and some bootees and a hat to wear.

Before the procedure the anaesthetist will review you and discuss anything significant in your past medical history. This is to ensure that your general health is adequate for the procedure you are about to have.

You will then be taken into the theatre area where you will be prepared for surgery. The operation will be performed under a local anaesthetic that is injected into the area around your eye. To ensure maximum comfort you will be given some anaesthetic or sedation under the supervision of the anaesthetist and the anaesthetic nurse. This will make you drowsy and enable the eye to be anaesthetised comfortably.


If you are coming from outside the Sydney Metropolitan area and require accommodation for your family, please contact the staff and they will assist you with any enquiries regarding local accommodation.


Secure parking is available at “Park House”, 187 Macquarie Street.  This car park is open from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm. Please contact them directly on 8912 4900 regarding charges.
After your procedure

After your procedure, you will be taken to the recovery area and a nurse will monitor your vital signs and assist your recovery from surgery.

On the rare occasion that you may require overnight care, processes are in place to aid your transfer to such facilities. There may be an additional fee involved should this be necessary

Once in recovery, you will be given something to eat and drink. Please inform a member of our nursing staff if you have any food allergies.

The recovery nurse will explain your post-operative care instructions, including dressing care. You will also be given written instructions to take home with you. Please read these carefully. We welcome you to ask any questions you have regarding this before you leave the facility.

You will also be given a prescription for eye drops. Please fill the prescription and bring the drops along with your instruction sheet to your appointment the following day. Do not start the eyedrops until instructed to after your post-operative appointment.

It is important that you do not touch the eye and ensure that the dressing remains intact until your follow up appointment. You are also given a tube of ointment that can be used to soothe the eye. This does not need to be used immediately. After about one week the stitches start to dissolve and the eye can become irritated – you can put some ointment in at that time if there is any discomfort.

The doctor will want to see you the following day and an appointment time will be allocated before you leave. Please note that usually postoperative appointments are at day one, week one and 3 – 4 weeks.


  • You must not drive a vehicle or operate machinery for 24 hours after your operation.
  • Do not drink alchohol or smoke for 24 hours after your procedure.
  • You must have a responsible adult to drive or accompany you home in a taxi, and stay with you for 24 hours.
  • You will not be able to drive after your operative until the surgeon says you are able to.
  • Do not sign any legal documents for 24 hours after your operation.

When you get home

You may feel some discomfort as the anaesthetic subsides. Please ensure that you rest for the next 24 hours and follow your discharge instructions carefully.

Depending on the type of surgery that you have, you may be required to posture in a certain way for a defined period of time. For more information on different types of surgery and the insertion of intravitreal gas, please visit the Patient Education section of our website.

The recovery nurse will explain your post-operative posturing instructions to you and is available to answer any questions you may have. If you are required to posture, there is equipment available for hire that can make this more comfortable for you. Information on the equipment available is provided in the useful links section of our website. Alternatively please ask a member of staff for more information.


Sydney Retina Clinic and Day Surgery has been meticulously designed to ensure you receive the highest standard of care. We wish to maintain these high standards.

The Surgeon or a member of the nursing staff will telephone you to check on your progress a few hours after your operation. Feel free to ask us any questions.

We would appreciate you filling in the Patient Satisfaction Survey given to you upon discharge. Please return it to the Facility on your follow up visit. This questionnaire helps us to rectify any difficulties that you may have experienced and correct them for the benefit of future patients.


We welcome your input concerning your stay with us. If you have any complaints please contact our Facility Manager or Nurse Unit Manager on 9221 3755.

We are also obligated to tell you that you can contact the Health Care Complaints Commission on 1800 043 159.