Kareena Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Your Stay at Kareena Private Hospital

For your comfort and convenience (A-Z)

Click here to view our Patient Guide/Handbook.


Accommodation

Private and shared accommodation is available. Whilst every effort is made to meet preferences for accommodation, we cannot guarantee that your choice will be available at time of admission. If you cannot be accommodated in your room of choice at that time of admission, you will be offered your choice as soon as it becomes available.

Car Parking

Kareena Private Hospital will reopen 130 car spaces for our patients and visitors in the secure onsite car park from Monday 9th March 2015.

The rear car park will be available to our patients and visitors 24 hours every day of the week with an onsite car parking attendant providing assistance Mon-Fri. Specialist Doctor parking will be available in marked spots in the front car park.

For convenience of our patients and visitors, a dedicated patient drop off and pick up area will be available at the front entrance of the hospital.

We encourage our patients to fill in their pre admissions forms online via a secure link.

Online Admissions

Kareena Private has introduced online pre admissions forms which allow patients to fill in and submit their preadmission forms online in the comfort of their own home or office. Returning patients will be able to log in with their original password and username eliminating the need to fill in the entire form again.

Click here to read more about submitting pre admission forms online via a secure link

Catering

Our Catering Department prepares a variety of top quality, fresh meals. Menus will be provided each morning from which you may select meals according to your taste and dietary requirements.

You may be prescribed a diet by your specialist following certain surgical procedures. This will be explained to you by your nurse.

Coffee Shop / Lounge Facilities

“Hudsons’ Coffee” is located in the lobby of the Hospital for patients and visitors and opens to one of our courtyards.

Delicious beverages, slices, quiche and a variety of gourmet sandwiches are available. Open 7 days a week, 7.30am – 7pm Monday to Fridays and 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sundays. Lounges with coffee making facilities are also available in the ward areas for your convenience.

A vending machine is also available near Main Reception.

Internet Kiosk is situated in this area.

Compliments / Complaints

We welcome compliments and feedback relating to your stay with us and we encourage all patients to complete the feedback form that is located at your bedside. This enables us to evaluate and improve our services to our patients. These questionnaires are anonymous, however, if you wish to write a specific and signed letter, you may address to the CEO and your points will be acknowledged and dealt with appropriately.

Patient satisfaction surveys are conducted independently of the hospital by Press Ganey Associates. If you are surveyed, your inclusion in these surveys is voluntary. We would appreciate your assistance if you are asked to participate.

If you are concerned about your care or the hospital services please do not hesitate to contact the Nursing Unit Manager on the ward, the Director of Clinical Services or the Chief Executive Officer. Complaints can be received by writing a letter, by telephone, in person or through our survey system.

If your concerns are not resolved to your satisfaction, you can contact the Health Care Complaints Commission or the ombudsman.

Discharge

Please arrange to be picked up before 10.00am on the day you are being discharged. After 10.00am a discharge lounge is provided for your comfort where you can wait to be picked up.

Before you leave please ensure you have all your personal items, all medications, your x-rays and follow up instructions from your Doctor.

Emergency Procedures

The hospital has highly developed safety and emergency procedures in which each staff member has a key role. In the unlikely event of an emergency, remain by your bed until a staff member arrives to assist you.

Falls Prevention In Hospital

In Australian hospitals, approximately 38% of patient incidents involve a fall. In order to maintain the safety of patients while in hospital Kareena Private Hospital uses a number of falls prevention strategies. Patients may become more susceptible to falling during their stay in hospital for a range of reasons, including the unfamiliar surroundings, change of medication and surgery.

During your admission, you will undergo a falls risk assessment to determine if you are at risk of falling and what may need to be done to decrease this risk. Please be sure to pack appropriate footwear when coming to hospital; patients are encouraged to wear closed, non-slip slippers. If you are at risk of falling please ask for nursing assistance when transferring or mobilising around the room. We encourage families and friends to participate in the falls prevention process to ensure our patients' safety. We also suggested that you read the Falls Prevention Information brochure which is available in each ward.

Flowers And Mail

Flowers and mail are delivered directly to your room. If you have mail to post please contact the ward clerk or main reception and this will be arranged for you.

For Your Comfort & Convenience

Each bed is supplied with a personal telephone and colour television. Local telephone calls can be made free of charge. To make mobile, STD or ISD calls from your bedside, a telephone card can be purchased from Reception.

Kareena Private Hospital is a smoke free facility. Smoking is not permitted in the Hospital grounds at any time.

Going Home

Your doctor should already have told you how long you can expect to stay. Your discharge will be planned with you by your doctor and the nursing staff. Discharge time is 10.00am.

On discharge the ward nurse will inform you when to make appointments for follow up, order any medications you are to take home and make any other arrangements necessary for your after care.

If you have had a general anaesthetic or sedation you will need to be accompanied home by a responsible adult. You should not drive a car, operate machinery or domestic appliances, conduct important business or drink alcohol for at least 24 hours following your anaesthetic.

Identification On Staff

All staff wear name badges as a means of identification and internal security. The badges show the staff member’s name and position.

Infection Control

The management and staff of Kareena Private Hospital are committed to providing all patients with the highest quality care by promoting infection control. Hand washing, high standards of housekeeping, the use of sterile techniques and equipment, are just a small part of the efforts our staff make to ensure your speedy recovery and to reduce risk of infection. However, patients also have a vital role to play in reducing risk of infection to themselves and other patients. Here are a few very simple guidelines. Please take a moment to read them.

  • Always wash your hands when leaving your room.

  • Personal hygiene is very important. Soap is readily available so that you can thoroughly wash your hands after each visit to the toilet.

  • Nursing staff can supply you with soap for showering if you don't have any of your own. Always keep such toiletries for your sole use.

  • Please place all hospital laundry, such as pyjamas and towels in the linen trolleys provided.

  • Mention to nursing staff any concerns you may have regarding hygiene of the ward or bathrooms.

  • Please avoid sitting on the beds of other patients. Nursing staff are happy to provide you with a chair if required.

  • Hand Hygiene stations are at the entry of every ward and patient room.

  • Please take a hand hygiene brochures indicating the correct procedure.

  • Staff may ask you to complete a questionnaire in regards to your observations of hand hygiene. Thank you for your support of our hand hygiene program.

If you have any questions about infection control, the nursing staff will happily assist you. The Hospital’s Infection Control Coordinator is also available to answer any of your queries.

Your co-operation in helping us to maintain a high standard of infection control is appreciated.

Interpreter Service

If the service of an interpreter is required, contact the hospital prior to admission so that the necessary arrangements can be made. There may be a cost associated with the service.

Lost Property

Personal belongings inadvertently left after discharge will be forwarded to the lost property box in our Reception area. Staff will endeavour to label any item with your name and you will be contacted to collect the items.

Medical Staff

The doctor who admits you is responsible for your medical care whilst you are in Kareena Private Hospital. Any questions that you have regarding your treatment should be directed to him or her, during their patient ward rounds.

Parking & Transport

For your convenience Kareena Private Hospital has designated parking areas for visitors and patients on site as well as the use of on street parking. Entry to Kareena Privates car park can be accessed via Kareena rd.

From the 1st of September 2012, Kareena Private Hospital will be introducing parking fees for designated on site parking. Please see here for the current fees. Please pay at the allocated ticket machines in the front foyer before leaving the hospital.

Please note that visitors and patients to the following onsite facilities will receive validation for parking:

  • The Orthocentre
  • Day Rehabilitation
  • Medical Imaging
  • After- Hours GP clinic
  • Laverty Pathology

Kareena Private has allocated disabled parking at the front entrance to the hospital as well as short term parking spots and patient drop off zones.

A bus stop and taxi rank are also located on the Kingsway. Telephone Transport Infoline on 13 1500 for bus routes and timetables, these are also available from our Main Reception.

A free courtesy telephone to St George Cabs taxi service is located at reception.

Veterans and war widows may be eligible for transport provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to and from the Hospital. Please check with your doctor.

How To Find Us?

Located on the corner of The Kingsway and Kareena Rd Caringbah, the hospital is opposite the Sutherland Public Hospital. Click here to view the Hospital location page.



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Pathology

Laverty Pathology is located onsite and provides a 24-hour service to hospital inpatients as well as outpatient services. If you have a pathology service performed whilst you are in hospital, a separate account may be sent to you which can be claimed from Medicare and your health fund.

Patient Record

A patient record will be kept of your illness and treatment. This will be confidential and access being limited only to the healthcare professionals directly involved in your treatment. Your patient record will remain in the property of the hospital. The contents of your patient record will be divulged only with your written consent, or where required by the law. You may request to review your patient record at any time.

Please contact the Nurse Unit Manager to organise this.

Dispensary

A dispensary service is provided at the hospital. A pharmacist will attend frequent rounds of each ward daily. They will dispense medications as requested by your doctor and explain new medications to you. Some medications are additional to your hospital charges; if applicable a separate account will be sent to you by Pharmacy.

Privacy

All hospitals in the Ramsay Health Care Group comply with the Commonwealth Privacy Act and all other state/territory legislative requirements in relation to the management of personal information. Our patients can feel safe in the knowledge that we safeguard their personal health information ensuring that confidentiality is respected and information is stored securely.

If you have any further enquiries in relation to our Privacy Policy or our health information management practices please refer to the Privacy Policy included in the Pre-Admission Forms booklet.

Quality Improvement

The hospital utilises sophisticated levels of quality measurement and reviews to ensure all aspects of your care are of a high standard.

Kareena Private Hospital collects and submits clinical indicator data to Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS).

Radiology

Located within the Hospital, Medical Imaging provides a highly sophisticated service to inpatients of Kareena Private Hospital. These services include CT scanning, ultrasound and mammography.

Shop

A limited range of retail items including gifts, newspapers and magazines can be purchased from the café 'Hudsons' Coffee' in the foyer. Patients and visitors are welcome to utilise this service.

Smoking

Kareena Private Hospital is a smoke free facility. Smoking is not permitted on Hospital grounds at any time.

Telephones

You can make and receive free local calls from the telephone by your bed. Mobile, STD and ISD telephone calls cannot be made without the purchase of a telephone card, which are available at reception.

To contact Reception press “9”.

Your visitors / relatives may call you directly by dialling 9717 ____ followed by the extension number provided on each phone. Alternatively they may call 02 9717 0000

Please note that mobile telephones must be turned off whilst in the hospital as they interfere with monitoring equipment.

Television

The hospital provides a television set at your bedside at no additional charge. Your nurse-call handset operates the television. All the free-to-air channels are available as well as a movie channel and 4 radio stations.

The handset by your bed allows you to easily choose a radio or television program. When either of the channel selector buttons is pushed the current channel is displayed on the television screen. The socket on the right hand side of the handset is for the use of an earphone for private listening. Please note that sound will come through the earphone, not the handset speaker, if you call for nursing assistance while it is plugged in.

Valuables

In the hospital, bedside lockers and a cupboard are provided for each patient to store toiletries and personal belongings. Patients are strongly advised not to wear jewellery and to leave other valuables at home. The hospital will not accept liability for loss of valuables unless officially lodged for safekeeping with the hospital.

Visiting Hours

  • General Wards – 10.00am to 12.00am and 3.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Maternity Ward – 2.00pm - 4.00pm and 7.00pm – 8.00pm Partners are welcome to visit anytime
  • Coronary Care and Intensive Care – by arrangement with the Nurse Manager
  • Rehabilitation Ward – 3.00pm – 8.00pm

Limited visitor parking is located at the Hospital’s main entrance. Parking is free.

Visitor Information

  • General Wards – 10.00am to 12.00am and 3.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Maternity Ward – 2.00pm - 4.00pm and 7.00pm – 8.00pm Partners are welcome to visit anytime
  • Coronary Care and Intensive Care – by arrangement with the Nurse Manager
  • Rehabilitation Ward – 3.00pm – 8.00pm

Volunteers

The hospital has a team of volunteers, who visit daily (Monday to Friday) to tend to your flowers and offer support and assistance or just the opportunity to have a chat with someone.

Ward Organisation

The ward areas are under the supervision of the Nurse Unit Manager during weekdays and an After Hours Co-ordinator on evening, night and weekend shifts. Any problems that may occur should be raised with the Nurse Unit Manager during that time or they will visit a patient when requested.

Your Surgery

We advise the following cannot be worn into the operating theatre:

  • Nail polish (fingers or toes)
  • Make up
  • Hairpins
  • Wigs
  • Jewellery
  • Contact lenses / glasses
  • Hearing aids
  • Prosthesis
  • Thank you for your cooperation.

PLANNING FOR DISCHARGE

Once you are over the acute phase of your surgery or illness, it is expected that you will continue your recovery at home. Before you come to Hospital, you will need to consider how you will manage daily living activities like:

  • Meals
  • Personal care
  • Shopping
  • Home care
  • Where you will stay?
  • How will you get there?

If you have concerns about how you will manage after discharge, contact your GP.

Discharge is on or before 10.00am, as rooms are scheduled for re-use after 10.00am.

On the morning of your discharge, a staff member from Main Reception will visit you at your bedside to finalise payment of your account.

At time of discharge please ensure that you collect any x-rays, medications or valuables in trust before leaving the Hospital.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Chief Executive Officer, Director of Clinical Services or Nursing Unit Manager if you need any further assistance.

All the best for a speedy recovery.

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