FAQs

Visiting Hours: 3pm to 8pm daily

About Brunswick Private Hospital

Can I have a private room?

Accommodation consists of:

  • Single rooms with ensuites
  • Shared rooms

Your accommodation will be determined by availability of rooms. If sharing, you will share a room with a person of the same gender. DVA patients will be admitted to shared rooms under our agreement with the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Workcover and TAC patients are also admitted in shared rooms under our agreement with their providers.

Will I be covered by my private health insurance provider?

This depends on your individual cover with your health insurance provider. The admissions and assessment co-ordinator will arrange a fund check with your health insurer, to obtain information of any potential out of pocket expenses to be paid by you.

Admission to Brunswick

Can I drive myself to the hospital?

As a general rule we don't recommend that patients drive themselves to hospital for treatment or while undergoing treatment. Please arrange a family member or friend to bring you to hospital. Note that we also have limited on-site parking available. 

For further information about driving while undergoing treatment, speak to your treating doctor.

Does the hospital accept admissions after business hours?

Yes. General, non urgent admissions are arranged during the hospital's business hours which are Monday to Friday 8.00 am-7.00 pm, Saturday 9.30 am-5.00pm, Sunday 12.00 pm-4.00 pm.  However patients can be admitted out of hours by a medical practitioner.

This hospital does not have an Emergency Department.

Do I need a letter of referral from my doctor?

Yes. A referral is required from your treating general practitioner or specialist.

How do I arrange admission to the hospital?

A letter of referral from your doctor will be required. The admissions co-ordinator will contact you to obtain your health fund details.  They will then either coordinate an assessment by one of our qualified Rehabilitation Assessors or arrange a medical bed and physician (depending on whether you need a medical or a rehabilitation admission).

Packing for Your Stay

How long will I need to be in hospital?

Your length of stay is determined by your individual need and as recommended by your treating Doctor.

Can I bring my own pillow and photos of family and friends?

Yes. You can bring these things with you, particularly if they will help you feel more comfortable.

Can I bring other electrical appliances with me such as my laptop and hairdryer?

Yes. However, please note that all valuables are brought in at your own risk. Due to safety regulations, all electrical equipment used in the hospital is required to be tested and tagged prior to use.  Therefore, please ensure that your electrical equipment is tested and tagged prior to entering the hospital.

Can I bring my mobile phone?

Yes. However, it's important to turn your mobile off while participating in the group activities.  Please note that all valuables are brought in at your own risk. 

If you are admitted as an inpatient, you will also need to turn your mobile phones off from 8 pm to avoid disturbing other patients. You'll also be provided with your own bedside phone.

At Brunswick Private Hospital local calls are free.

These cards can be purchased from reception between 8 am and 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Staying at Brunswick

Can a family member join me for a meal?

Yes. Our catering staff will organise a menu for your family member if they'd like to join you. 

Visitor meal vouchers can be purchased at front reception. Please give as much notice as possible so our catering department can ensure you receive your choice of meal.

Can I have visitors?

Yes. Visiting hours are 3.00 pm-8.00 pm daily.

What do I need to bring with me into hospital?

You'll need to bring:

  • Letter of referral
  • All medications you are currently prescribed and any repeat scripts
  • Medicare and/or private health insurance cards
  • Casual comfortable day clothes
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Clothing and footwear suitable for exercise and walks
  • Nightwear (for inpatients)
  • Personal toiletries

The admissions and assessment co-ordinator will advise you of any other requirements