What happens prior to your procedure?
You will receive a letter outlining the date of your procedure and date and time of your admission to the hospital admission.
In some cases a letter asking you to cease taking your medication is enclosed. This generally refers only to the medication you are taking for your abnormal heart rhythm and this should be stopped 5 days prior to your procedure. If you are taking anti-coagulation (blood thinning) medication eg Warfarin then you will need to stop this for 5-7 days prior to your procedure. If this is not mentioned in your letter, or if you are unsure please phone Dr Kalman’s secretary with a list of your medication and she will check with Dr Kalman.
If you are to be admitted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, you will be required to attend a Pre-admission clinic on the day prior to your procedure. Some country patients may need to make arrangements to stay overnight with family or friends.
At the pre-admission clinic you will see a doctor who will record your medical history. You will also require an ECG and blood test.The doctor will also confirm the time you should be at the hospital for admission the following day.
You will be required to fast for at least six hours before the study. If your procedure is in the afternoon you may have a light breakfast. If your procedure is in the morning, DO NOT EAT OR DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT, except for sips of water to help you swallow your pills.