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Clinical Specialties - Rehabilitation

Patient Information

Thank you for choosing to have your procedure at the San and commencing your rehabilitation journey with us. This path to recovery, whilst different for every patient, will provide you with access to a personalised program of care.

The following information should be generally helpful for all patients, both before coming to hospital and when preparing for discharge. We also have information that may be particularly helpful if you are coming for a hip or knee procedure. If you are coming for some other type of procedure requiring rehabilitation, then please consult your doctor as to your specific requirements.

Admission and Surgery


If you require special dietary advice or assistance please discuss this with nursing staff.

Standard Hospital Policies

There is to be NO smoking or alcohol consumption inside the building or on the hospital grounds.

Please wear footwear, clothing or a gown outside of your room.

Phone Enquiries

If you have a large family and/or a large group of concerned friends, it is helpful to organise a spokesperson to contact staff. This frees up the nurses who care for you and at the same time keeps your family and friends up-to-date with your progress.

What to Bring To Hospital

Please consider bringing the following items:

  • Toiletries
  • Sleepwear, dressing gown and slippers
  • Comfortable clothing including normal ‘day’ clothing if going on to a San Rehabilitation facility
  • Small amount of change for newspapers and other small purchases
  • All medications you are presently taking (in their original containers). These must be given to nursing staff to be administered during your stay. They will be returned on discharge
  • All current X-rays
  • A watch and/or a battery operated clock
  • Crutches if you have them – can be brought in at a later date
  • Swimming costume for aquatic physiotherapy at SAH (once the facility is operational)
  • A book and / or something else to read or do
  • Moisturising cream
  • A positive mental attitude
  • iPad/Laptop (free wi-fi provided) – these could also be brought in at a later date

Also, please bring 'Your Guide to Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation' and any other patient booklets given to you at the doctor's rooms with you to prehabilitation and PAC as it may answer some of your questions.

What Not to Bring

  • Valuables and excessive amounts of cash

Please note: Sydney Adventist Hospital does not accept liability for lost or damaged personal items or valuables. We encourage you to leave your valuable items at home.

All electrical items brought into the hospital need to be in a safe condition. Ward staff may request to check such devices.

General SAH Patient Information

For further patient information related to Sydney Adventist Hospital please click here.

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