Preparing for your admission

Complete the forms
It is important to return the SSH admission health questionnaire and the yellow health questionnaire as soon as possible as you may be required to attend the pre-assessment clinic with your Nursing care team and/or anaesthetist.

A detailed health history allows us to plan your personalised care in discussion with your specialist and other health professionals and to ensure a safe transition from admission to discharge.

Alcohol, cigarettes and recreational drugs
We recommend that you avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs (other than those prescribed by your GP or specialist ) for at least 24 hours prior to admission.
Failure to comply may result in your treatment or surgery being postponed.

Please note that the Selina Sutherland Hospital on the Wairarapa hospital campus has a No Smoking Policy.

Spiritual, cultural and Interpreter services
Please let us know if you have any spiritual or cultural needs, e.g. religious, dietary, personal beliefs, language support etc.

You are welcome to have your tissue / body parts returned to you and need to discuss this with your Specialist and members of the hospital nursing care team. A special section on your operation consent form assists us to meet your request.

If the services of an interpreter are required, please let us know well in advance of your admission to ensure that this is successfully arranged.

Your health
You may receive a phone call from one of our preassessment nurses to arrange a nursing assessment

  • Any changes in your health and/ or medications – please ensure you have advised the Selina Sutherland Hospital at the earliest opportunity, eg. a cold, respiratory infection, skin irritation, infection or breakdown, rash, vomiting, diarrhoea. It could be necessary to postpone your treatment
  • If you have been employed in a clinical care role or admitted to another hospital in NZ or overseas preceeding your admission, laboratory tests may need to be carried out.

Fasting Instructions
You are required to follow the strict eating anddrinking restrictions as per instruction in your letter of admission, on your admission pack or by telephone instruction by the hospital. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 063770277 if you do not understand. Failure to do so may mean postponement of your procedure.
When you are asked not to eat this includes no sucking lollies or chewing gum.

Discuss with your specialist and/or GP any regular medications you are taking and bring all your usual medications to hospital in their original containers where possible. A detailed list from your general practitioner will help our doctors to prescribe correct medications for you.

Patients on anticoagulants need to take special care. Anticoagulants (drugs that thin your blood) for example Warfarin or Pradaxa should not be taken prior to surgery without consulting your specialist and the hospital. Failure to stop taking your anticoagulant medications as advised could result in your procedure being postponed.

What to Organise Before


  • If you live alone you may want to arrange support from family, friends or whanau to assist in the home after discharge
  • Discuss options for Home Help, Personal care assistance, District Nursing, Health recovery agencies, and other health professionals with your Specialist and Selina Sutherland Nursing Team prior to admission
  • If your mobility is expected to reduce please consider relocation and positioning of your bed and furniture, access to your bathroom, meal provision, personal safety. Please discuss with us any concerns in these areas. This information will assist us to plan your discharge arrangements in partnership with you and your family.

Trainee Nurses
Throughout the year Selina Sutherland Hospital is visited by student nurses undertaking studies for a Bachelor of Nursing Degree with designated training authorities.
An essential part of their training is patient contact, assessment and evaluation under direct supervision of our senior nursing staff.

Such contact requires the support and consent of our patients and is very much appreciated by these trainees and our senior nursing team.

Your permission and consent for students to be present during any treatment or consultation processes will be sought. You have a right to make the decision.