Everything you need to know for general admission to Forster Private.
Your Hospital Booking
For planned day surgery patients, the booking for your hospital stay will be made through your Doctor's rooms.
Please ensure you complete the green forms in the admission booklet and return them to Forster Private Hospital. Note: the Informed Consent section of the form must be completed in hard copy with your Doctor.
Where possible, we require your admission forms two weeks prior to your admission date. This will ensure we can confirm your hospital booking and your eligibility prior to your admission.
Costs and Insurance Cover
Contact your insurer (health fund, Workers Compensation insurer or other) to confirm exactly what costs will be covered.
If you have an excess or co-payment with your health insurance or are self-funding, you will be required to pay that amount when you arrive for your admission. Please contact our admissions team to obtain an estimate on (02) 6555 1330.
For further information, refer to the following sections:
If you are coming into hospital for planned day surgery, please phone (02) 6555 1555 one business day prior to your scheduled admission, between 11:00am and 4:00pm.
During this call we will confirm your fasting details including the time of admission, your procedure, and your expectations relating to discharge and your post-discharge care.
Unplanned medical admissions are usually arranged via a direct referral from your Doctor.
Please utilize our Patient Information Guide prior to your stay with us or at any time during your stay. This guide is designed to provide you with information about our hospital and answer any questions you may have.
Patient Preadmission screening for COVID 19
All patients being admitted to Forster Private Hospital must have a Negative result from a Rapid Antigen Test (R.A.T.) for COVID 19. Patients should conduct the R.A.T. at home and bring evidence of the negative result.
Patients attending day programs (Dialysis, Day Rehab, Day Psych, Oncology) should have a weekly R.A.T.
Symptomatic patients that present with a Negative R.A.T. are to have a negative PCR, prior to admission. If the patient must be admitted to the hospital, the patient must be treated as a Suspected COVID positive patient until the result of a PCR is obtained. Management of the patient will then be determined by the result.
All aerosol generating procedures ( ENT, Endoscopy and Dental ) will require evidence of negative PCR test within the previous 24-48hrs. Evidence of text message confirmation from NSW health will be required at admission
PCR screening is required for any patients with COVID-19 symptoms whose admission cannot be deferred, or is asymptomatic but a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 person.
What do I bring to hospital?
Please bring the following items with you to hospital, where applicable:
Any letters from your Doctor
All medications your are currently taking (in original packaging)
Blood group card (if available)
Sleep wear, dressing gown, slippers or comfortable shoes
Personal toiletries (e.g. toothbrush, toothpaste, soap)
Glasses and physical aids (e.g. walking sticks, hearing aids)
Sufficient cash for incidentals (no more than $50)
Please do not bring the following items:
Large sums of money
On the day of your admission, ensure you arrive at the hospital at the time designated by the Admissions Officer or your Doctor. On arrival, please register at Reception so we can confirm your personal details, sign the hospital paperwork and admission forms and pay any out-of-pocket expenses.
The hospital does not accept responsibility for security of your possessions, including jewellery, watches and money.
Your Room and Meals
Please refer to the Facilities and Meals sections for more information about our private rooms and in-house meals.
We value your feedback at Forster Private Hospital. Whether you want to pass on a compliment or provide feedback to help improve our service, we encourage you to:
Speak with your Nurse
Ask to speak with the Unit Manager
Complete our post-discharge Patient Experience Survey for mental health admissions (this will be emailed to you)
Please check with your Nurse or Unit Manager before leaving the Ward to collect any Xrays or medication, and to confirm if you require any follow up appointments.
All patients are required to report to the main reception on the ground floor to be formally discharged.
A comfortable seating area is provided in the hospital foyer while you wait for your transport to go home.
Additional Supporting Information
To assist you on your discharge from Forster Private Hospital, please consider the below link to a booklet with contacts and service supports to assist you in adapting and coping with requirements you will need to transition to live at home. Services are set up to help with the current COVID-19 pandemic.