Day Procedure Unit

Patients having surgery at Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) are usually admitted through our Day Procedure Unit (DPU).

If you are having day surgery (with no overnight stay), you will return to the DPU after your surgery and be discharged several hours later.

If you are having surgery and staying overnight, you will be transferred to the Multi-stay Surgical Unit after your surgery. Occasionally patients are transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or the Paediatric ward for paediatric admissions.

While we make every effort to keep waiting times to a minimum, wait times sometime extend due to patients requiring emergency surgery.

We hope your visit is as comfortable as possible. The unit consists of patient bays and a small discharge lounge. Please ensure you wear warm, comfortable clothes and bring a book or some magazines to read while you wait. The waiting area has a TV and small selection of magazines. Our nurses and clerical staff will keep you informed of the progress of your doctor's list.

Please note: should you experience a change in your condition before your surgery, please contact us on 9599 4812.


Your doctor sets the order of his or her operating list. Two business days before your surgery you must phone the Day Procedure Unit on 9599 4812 to be advised of your admission time. 

If you are booked for morning theatre, you will be given an admission time between 6.30am and 9.30am.

If you are on an afternoon theatre list, your admission time will be between 10.00am and 1.00pm.

Every effort is made to ensure your pre-operative wait time is as minimal as possible, however you may wait between 2 and 4 hours before your surgery. It is likely you may be with us for eight hours in total.

What to bring

Please bring your Medicare card, medications and any important paperwork given to you about your operation, including scans or results relating to your procedure.

Please also bring comfortable shoes or slippers suitable to walk in. At RGH we encourage our patients to walk between the DPU and the holding bay whenever possible.

We recommend you leave all valuables at home. If you are staying overnight and wish to hire a television, please bring a small amount of money with you. Television hire is $8 per day for standard patients and $7 per day for concession card holders.

More information

Read more about your hospital stay, including admission and what to bring.

Operating hours

Phone the Day Procedure Unit on 9599 4812 two business days before to your surgery for your admission time .

Should you experience a change in your condition before your surgery please contact us.


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