Waverley Private Hospital
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Frequently Asked Questions

You can call your health fund and find out if your infant has any out of pocket costs for a 5-night stay. Alternatively, the hospital will do a fund check for you once you have been given a tentative date to come in.
Yes, partners are able to stay overnight. We encourage your partner or other support person to spend time in the unit to work together to understand the strategies and management of your infant. 

Your partner or other support person are strongly encouraged to spend time in the unit in order for them to also understand strategies and management of your infant.

Partners are welcome at any reasonable time, we suggest short visits for siblings, and afternoons are usually an ideal time for quick visits. We discourage other visitors from coming into the unit.

We encourage all families to go out for a regular walk (weather permitting). If you have an appointment that you cannot cancel whilst you are attending the program, please discuss this with the staff prior to admission.

Yes. Please inform the staff prior to your admission so that the kitchen can be aware of your specific dietary requirements on arrival. If you are on a restricted diet it may be an idea to bring in some of your favourite snacks, as well as your preferred milk.

Parking fees apply for patients/visitors parking on site at the hospital.

It is advised that you get dropped off on admission day and picked up on day 6 at 9am, to avoid parking fees.

Please ensure you bring your Medicare Card and Child Health Record (GREEN BOOK).

For Parent

  • Casual, comfortable day clothes and sensible footwear
  • Night attire
  • Own pillow if preferred (for parent only)
  • Toiletries (include sun lotion in warmer months)
  • Current medications
  • Tissues
  • Leisure materials (e.g. craftwork, book, writing pad, pens etc.)
  • Small amount of money for papers
  • Laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod etc

For Infant

  • Clothing – enough for duration of stay
  • Toiletries, baby lotion nappy rash cream etc
  • Stroller/Pram
  • Favourite toys, play blanket
  • Dummies (if required)
  • Comforter (if over 6 months)
  • Wraps, bibs
  • Sleeping bags (with no arms if infant is rolling)
  • Current medications
  • Bottles, bottle brush, teats, formula, plastic bowl and spoon/baby cereal
  • Disposable nappies/wipes/nappy bags
  • You may like to bring your own cot sheets

NOTE: Laundry facilities not provided

Waverley Private Hospital will provide

  • Towels, linen
  • Steam steriliser bags

We recommend you leave valuable personal items at home, including money and jewellery as we cannot accept responsibility for the loss or damage of any item brought into the hospital.

Settling strategies can differ for each infant taking into consideration their age, habits, physical and emotional histories. We use age appropriate routines and individualise to meet infant/parent situation.

The unit follows SIDS recommendations on the safe use of sleeping bags. The unit does not sleep infants under the age of 4 months in a sleeping bag.

If you do plan to sleep your infant in a sleeping bag whilst in the unit please ensure that you have bodysuits with no legs (they can have long-sleeve arms), and that you have a light weight sleeping bag.

If you or any members of your family are physically unwell (i.e. cold or gastroenteritis) we request that you do not come into the unit.

At any time during your stay if you or your infant become physically unwell it is likely that you will be required to be discharged from the unit and return when you are well and a bed is available.

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For further information, please contact the Early Parenting Centre on (03) 9881 9516 or download our information booklet by completing the enquiry form here.