What is the service I am going to at The Alfred?
You may have very specific health needs requiring one service or a range of different services over time, at different parts of the hospital
Main types of health services
Short stay: Expert trauma care for serious illness or injury that could be life threatening and/or lead to severe complications if medical treatment is not received quickly. This may lead to becoming an inpatient.
Day patient: Admitted for surgery or day procedure that is undertaken within a day, usually allowing you to go home without staying overnight.
Inpatient: If you’re admitted, even overnight, you are a hospital inpatient.
Outpatient: You don’t have a bed at the hospital, but you attend appointments to receive treatment. Prior to this, you may have been a hospital inpatient and now need follow-up care.
Community Services: After your admission to hospital, you receive services either in your own home or attend a centre. These services enhance your health, independence and wellbeing.