Welcome to the Orthopaedic
Preadmission Clinic (PAC)
This clinic located on the 4th Floor
of the Main Building has been designed for people who have elected
to have joint replacement surgery - either hip, knee or shoulder.
The performance of your operation
requires the administration of an anaesthetic. Your medical fitness
to undergo this procedure will be assessed in the Clinic.
While attending the clinic, a team of
health care workers will provide written and verbal information
regarding your admission to hospital, your operation and discuss
options for your discharge home, or where necessary, rehabilitation
The PAC Team includes
- Clinical Nurse Consultant
- Social Worker
You will be seen by the PAC team
prior to having the necessary preoperative tests collected by the
Pathology Test Collection staff.
To ensure that you are medically fit
for your operation, you will have the following tests ordered:
- Blood tests
- this will test the function
of your heart
- Midstream Urine test
- this needs to be free of
infection or your surgery may be postponed
- Chest X-ray
- X-rays of the joint
and limb that is to be operated on.
The results of these tests will be
reviewed by medical staff. If there are any tests results that
require further investigations, you will be contacted and an
appointment will be made for you to be reviewed by
specialist/medical practitioners in Concord Hospital.
If you are currently under the care
of a specialist/medical practitioner (outside Concord Hospital) and
have recently been reviewed or had any tests, it would assists us
greatly if a copy of these results/reports could be brought in by
you or sent to:
Orthopaedic Preadmission Clinic
Ward 6 North
Concord NSW 2139
Clinical Nurse Consultant
Telephone 9767 5000, page 60266
Medications and your Surgery
Before surgery it may be
necessary to alter the dose, or cease certain medications. These
medications include arthritis drugs, blood thinning medications such
as aspirin, and hormone replacement therapy drugs. If you are taking
any of these medications, you are advised to discuss this matter
with your doctor/specialist.
It is important that you bring a list
of all medications you are currently taking, whatever the source of
Please note: Do not begin or cease
taking medication unless instructed by your doctor.
Please keep the amount of
clothing you wear to a minimum. Outer garments which are easily
removed are preferable.