Before and After Hospital

Medical Information Check

Check with your medical aid scheme that BPPH is included. The Hospital may participate in some, but not all products offered by a health plan. Coverage limitations are dependent on individual group contracts. For any questions about your insurance coverage, please contact your insurance directly.

Preparing for Hospital

  • Try and lead a healthy lifestyle before you are admitted. Eat a varied and healthy diet. If you would like any dietary advice the Hospital can refer you to a dietician before or during your stay.
  • If you smoke, it is a good idea to give up as soon as you can. The Hospital is a smoke-free environment.
  • If you drink alcohol, it is recommended that you reduce the amount or give up drinking for a week before your procedure.
  • It is beneficial to increase your fitness and exercise tolerance before surgery. This will obviously depend on your mobility. If you are not used to exercise, try increasing the distance you walk each day.
  • Visit the Pre-Admission Centre to complete your admission forms, receive procedure specific information, and finalise medical aid authorisation.

The evening before your procedure

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, even water, unless you are instructed otherwise by your specialist. This is the most important pre-procedural instruction. Stomach contents are hazardous when having any type of anaesthetic.
  • In the case of Cardiac Catheterisation and Angiogram - you can have clear liquids up to two hours before the procedure.
  • Be sure to follow any specific instructions given to you by your Specialist.
  • Take a relaxing bath or shower before coming to the Hospital. If you have been instructed to use antibacterial soap (Hibiscrub), shower and wash from the neck down the night before and repeat the next morning before you leave for the Hospital.
  • Try to get a good night’s rest.

Your Discharge

Your specialist together with the rest of your healthcare team will make every effort to keep you informed about your discharge date. They will support you to start planning your discharge as the earliest opportunity, often even before your admission. Their goal is to have you discharged as early as possible so that you can pick up your medication and be back in your home in time for an afternoon nap. Please help them to meet this goal by arranging transportation in advance.

  • If you have had received sedation or general anaesthetic, you should not drive or operate a vehicle for 24-hours after the procedure.
  • If you are worried about anything within a few weeks of leaving the Hospital, please call your ward to discuss your concern or observation.
  • Remember to collect your take home medication (TTO) from the Pharmacy on the ground floor before you leave.

Post-Op Essentials

Be prepared for those first few days after the surgery by having the house already stocked with groceries and other necessities. Be sure to take the medication your doctor will likely prescribe you for the pain exactly as instructed. Be sure to give your body the fuel it needs to heal, with regular nutritious meals. Prevent infection by cleaning the wound and changing bandages at least twice a day. Sleep in a cool dark room, free of sleep cycle disrupting light from the television or other devices.