John Flynn Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Pre-Admission Information

Our dedicated team of professional staff are committed to providing patients with the highest standards of care. Throughout our patients’ stay, from pre-admission to discharge, each patient will be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.

Clerical Pre-admission

Pre-admission is an important part of your hospital care. To ensure we can confirm your admission, financial and other arrangements, we ask that you:

  1. Fill in the online admission form, or complete the admission paperwork that you received from your doctor, as soon as possible and send it back to the hospital. This must be completed a minimum of 3 business days before your admission.

    Please have the following ready when you fill in your admission form:
    • Personal/Next of Kin details
    • Medicare Card
    • Funding details (e.g. DVA, Private health insurance, Workcover or self-funding)
    • Benefit details (e.g. pharmacy benefit card, pension card, safety net)
    • Item numbers (if these were quoted by doctors’ rooms)
  2. If you have any concerns with step 1 please contact our customer service team:
    Monday to Friday 7:00am to 6:00pm (Qld time)
    Toll Free: 1300 130 080

If you have private health insurance, please contact your health fund to confirm any excess or waiting periods. We know that health and billing charges can be difficult to understand and we will contact you before your admission either by phone or letter regarding your out-of-pocket expenses; however we also advise that you seek clarification from your health fund.

Nursing Pre-admission Information

Prior to coming to hospital you are also required to complete the “Patient History Form”. If you would like assistance with completion of this form or have concerns or special needs regarding your admission, please phone the Pre-admission Clinic Nurse.

If your completed “Patient History Form” will not reach the hospital within 3 business days of your admission please phone the Pre-admission Registered Nurse who will complete the relevant health information details by phone.

Monday to Thursday
8:00am to 7:00pm (Qld time)
Toll free 1800 426 097

Your surgeon will advise you of your admission time and what time to stop eating and drinking in preparation for your procedure/surgery


On the day of admission

  • Bathe or shower at home. Please do not apply creams, powder or deodorant after bathing
  • Wear clean (freshly laundered), loose, comfortable clothing
  • Do not wear make-up or jewellery
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol or use recreational drugs for 24 hrs prior to admission

NB. You may wear dentures to the operating theatre

Children may go to procedures in their own pyjamas. These pyjamas must be cotton or cotton interlock with button through/loose fitting tops.

What to bring to hospital

  • Any letters from your doctor
  • Method for settling your account
  • Current health summary from your GP
  • X-rays / scans (relevant to the procedure)
  • All medications you are currently taking (including Diabetes medication).Please also bring any medications you have been instructed to withhold pre surgery e.g. Warfarin
  • Glasses and physical aids (walking sticks, hearing aids, etc.)
  • Sufficient cash for incidental expenses (no more than $40)
  • Certified copy of Advanced Health Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney (if available)
  • Consent forms (and any other admission papers) not already forwarded to the hospital

NB. If your infant requires baby formula please bring this with you. If your child has special dietary requirements please advise the nursing staff.

If your doctor has advised the possibility of an overnight stay, please also bring

  • Sleep wear, dressing gown and slippers or comfortable shoes
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap)
  • CPAP machine (for sleep apnoea) if applicable

What not to bring

  • Jewellery
  • Large sums of money
  • Other valuables

Please note the hospital accepts no responsibility for patients’ possessions, including jewellery, watches and money.


You will not be able to drive home; please make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home. We will be happy to arrange a taxi for you if required (NB. Other forms of public transport e.g. buses are not suitable following surgery).


Most patient rooms are spacious single rooms with ensuite, and have either panoramic ocean views or restful views of the fountain court and surrounding gardens. Every effort is made to accommodate you in the room of your choice.

Visitors and Family Accommodation

There are a variety of accommodation facilities available within 5 minutes drive of Coolangatta Airport and John Flynn, situated close to local beaches and shopping centres. A few of these facilities are listed below:

Bilinga Beachfront Motel web:
Golden Riviera web:
San Simeon web:
Pacific Surf web:

It is recommended that patients do not bring any valuables to the hospital.