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The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

Day of Surgery Admissions (DOSA)

Most babies, children or adolescents are admitted on the day of surgery via Day of Surgery Admissions (DOSA). The process involves a nursing admission, clerical admission and a review by an anaesthetist and sometimes the surgeon prior to the surgery.

Theatre sessions are split into two start times – 8:30am start and 1:00pm start.

  • Morning theatre sessions – your child will be admitted between 6:30am and 7:00am and your child will go the theatre between 8:00am and 12:00pm.
  • Afternoon theatre sessions – your child will be admitted at 11:00am and will go to theatre between 1:00pm and 3:30pm.

The reason for early admission times is due to the admission process described above. Please note – your child will be sent to theatre depending on surgical requirement and age, not in order of arrival to the DOSA unit.

After surgery, your child will go to the Recovery Area until they are fully awake and will then be brought back to their post-operative destination by a nurse and theatre orderly.

How to access this service


3rd Floor, Good Friday Building

Further information

We welcome the involvement of parents and caregivers while your child is in hospital.

If your child is admitted to the hospital for a surgical procedure, you can ask nursing staff for additional information.



(08) 8161 6620


(08) 8161 8113

Mailing Address

Day of Surgery Admissions
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006