Getting a date for surgery

Hospitals see patients in the order of how urgent their condition is. This means patients with the most serious or life threatening illness or injury will be seen before patients with less serious problems.

We try to see patients for their scheduled appointment or surgery, but sometimes emergencies mean we have to reschedule.

We'll let you know as soon as possible if we need to reschedule your appointment or surgery. We'll fit you in at the earliest available time.

Before your surgery

Before your surgery, you'll have an appointment with your doctor to prepare you for your stay in hospital. These appointments are usually if you're having surgery.

You'll probably see the following specialists:

  • an anaesthetist will ask you about your health, any past anaesthetics, and will make sure you're well enough to have an anaesthetic.
  • a resident medical officer is part of the surgical team who will give you a medical check.
  • a registered nurse will check your temperature, blood pressure, height and weight.
  • a pharmacist will look at any medication you are taking and ask if you've had allergic reactions to any medicines in the past.

You can ask these specialists any questions about your operation and recovery. They'll be happy to talk to you about any part of your treatment.

How much will it cost?

Clinics are free if you have a Medicare card. You'll need to bring your card to each appointment.

If you're not eligible for Medicare you'll need to pay for all outpatient services.

You may be charged for some items you need as part of your treatment, including:

  • dental services
  • glasses
  • hearing aids
  • surgical supplies
  • prostheses
  • pharmaceuticals
  • home oxygen
  • other aids and appliances.

Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme

If you live in a rural and remote area and have to travel more than 50 km to your local public hospital, you may be eligible for the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme. Find out if you're eligible.

The Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme helps with travel and accommodation costs for patients who need to use specialist medical services that aren't available in their local area.

You can read more about the subsidy scheme on the Queensland Government website.

Last updated: April 2023