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:
- emergency surgery — immediate surgery for a medical emergency
- elective surgery — surgery scheduled in advance because it does not involve a medical emergency.
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
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.
Werribee Mercy Hospital Day Procedure Unit
Phone: 03 8754 3530
Open hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm.
Last reviewed October 23, 2017.