Preparing for your admission

How you prepare for your stay in hospital will depend on the treatment or operation you require, and on you as a unique individual. We trust that the following guidelines will answer any questions you may have, so you’ll know what to expect during your stay and treatment.


Drinking and smoking

As a rule, you should not drink alcohol the day before your admission. If you’re a smoker, you should try to give up or cut down as much as possible, especially if you’ll be undergoing surgery under general anaesthetic.



Take note of the fasting (not eating or drinking) requirements if you’ll be having general anaesthetic or conscious sedation, as your safety and comfort are important to us. Your doctor will provide guidelines for fasting prior to surgery. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in a delay or even cancellation of your surgery.


Taking medication prior to admission

If you are taking chronic medication, blood thinners, herbal medicine or any traditional medicine routinely and will be undergoing surgery, you may be required to stop taking it before your admission.

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Wondering what to pack in your hospital bag?

Knowing what to bring for your hospital stay will make your stay more comfortable.

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You need to bring the following important items for your planned admission to hospital

On the day of your admission, you should report to the hospital’s reception desk at the time recommended by your doctor. Our hospital admission personnel are committed to providing you with efficient service and will assist you with the regulatory documentation if you haven’t done a pre-admission beforehand.

MyNetcare Online

MyNetcare Online is a secure portal that has been created to enable your personal healthcare management.

Using the online tools on the portal, you can provide Netcare with your relevant personal information as well as that of your dependants, update these personal profiles at any time, and conveniently do pre-admissions to a Netcare hospital when it suits you.

You can also request Netcare appointmed™ to book appointments for you or your loved ones with specialists, GPs, and dentists at Netcare hospitals, Netcare Medicross, and Netcare Akeso countrywide.