Surgical pathways

As a patient, there are many different reasons why you may require surgery. Whatever the nature of your personal situation, you will experience one of two standardised surgery ‘journeys’—or pathways—at Werribee Mercy Hospital: emergency surgery or elective surgery. Find out more about what you can expect for each experience, and how to best prepare.

If you require surgery, it will be:

We provide a range of general emergency and elective surgeries at Werribee Mercy Hospital (WMH).

In a medical emergency

Patients requiring emergency surgery will be seen to in the most appropriate amount of time, based on clinical assessment and the associated urgency of your needs.

Elective surgery at Werribee Mercy Hospital (WMH)

If you require elective surgery at Werribee Mercy Hospital, first visit your general practitioner or medical specialist. They may refer you to the Werribee Mercy Hospital Outpatient Department. From here, you will be triaged. Triage involves an assessment to determine how urgently you require care, from most urgent to least urgent need. If an operation is required, you will be placed on an elective surgery waiting list.

A range of elective surgical specialties are offered at Werribee Mercy Hospital including:

  • general surgery
  • ear, nose and throat
  • vascular
  • urology
  • obstetrics
  • gynaecology
  • urogynaecology
  • orthopaedics
  • gastroenterology
  • respiratory.

On the day of your elective surgery, you must visit the Day Procedure Unit, and go to the Day Surgery admissions reception desk. This department is located in the main hospital corridor. If you are staying overnight, after you have had your surgery you will be cared for on our surgical unit, which is also located off the main corridor of the hospital.



In case of emergency, call 000

Day Procedure Unit & Day of Surgery Admission

  • Phone numbers:

    Day Procedure Unit & Day of Surgery Admission
    03 8754 3530
    We are available to consult over the phone during business hours.  You will be instructed to press, ‘1’ for DOSA, ‘2’ for DPU, or ‘3’ for all after hours calls.

  • Phone number: 03 8754 6450
  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 7am-8pm

Last reviewed October 23, 2017.

Werribee Mercy Hospital Short Stay Unit

All patients who are admitted to the Short Stay Unit come through the Emergency Department.

Werribee Mercy Hospital Short Stay Unit

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

The Werribee Mercy Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) cares for patients who need close monitoring after complex surgery, through to patients with life-threatening conditions.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Outpatient Clinics

Werribee Mercy Hospital offers specialist services across Allied Health, Medical, Surgical, Women's and Children's health care. A large number of the specialist services are located within the Outpatient Clinics building, next to the multi-level car park.

Outpatient Clinics