Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Day of Surgery Admissions

Day of Surgery Admissions

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

Information for Families

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.

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Contact Information


3rd Floor, Good Friday Building

Mailing Address

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


Ph (08) 8161 6620
Fax (08) 8161 8113

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last modified: 21 Oct 2019