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Cardiac catheter preadmission fact sheet

Cardiac catheter preadmission

Before your child’s cardiac catheter procedure, you will be required to attend a preadmission clinic. These clinics are held to ensure a smooth transition through the admission, treatment, discharge and follow-up processes for you and your child.


  • Preparation for preadmission is minimal. You will receive a phone call to advise you of a booking time for your child’s preadmission, usually between one to seven days prior to the procedure.
  • The catheter coordinator will also ask you a few questions to find out a bit about your child’s special needs, requirements and medications.
  • During this phone call, we will assist you with travel and accommodation information, if required.
  • You will need to bring your child to the preadmission.
  • It is important for you to speak with your child a few days before admission to ensure they understand that they’re going to hospital for a special test.

What if my child is unwell?

It is very important that these procedures are carried out when your child is at their healthiest. If your child is sick with a cold or other infection, the procedure will be rescheduled to another time.

The preadmission process

The preadmission process is important for parents and children to ensure a smooth transition throughout the hospital journey and may take several hours. Your preadmission appointment allows the cardiac team to assess your child’s health status in preparation for their procedure and anaesthetic and is an ideal opportunity for you to ask any questions.

The preadmission session may cover topics including:

  • fasting process
  • hygiene and clothing preparation
  • procedure education
  • procedural consent
  • orientation to the hospital’s facilities
  • discharge education
  • occupational therapy review
  • physiotherapy review.

It is a good idea to bring snacks, drinks and any other supplies you may need and to visit to familiarise yourself with our facility before you arrive.

Preadmission checklist

Please bring the following with you to help the preadmission run smoothly:

  • Your child’s current medication and dosage information
  • Any of your child’s recent letters from medical professionals they see outside of the Queensland Children’s Hospital, including dental
  • Results of any of your child’s recent tests not performed at the Queensland Children’s Hospital
  • You do not need to bring your child’s X-ray films unless specifically asked.

Other tasks that may be performed at the clinic include:

  • Assessment of your child in readiness for the procedure
  • An echocardiogram (Echo), X-rays, electrocardiogram (ECG), blood tests and observations.

Your child may also see a range of health professionals, such as a physiotherapist, social worker, anaesthetist, occupational therapist, dietitian and doctor.

Oral health clearance

If advised by the relevant care coordinator and/or your doctor, your child will need an oral health clearance prior to their procedure. This is a dental visit for your child.

If your child has already visited a dentist in the past six months, your attending dentist will need to supply a letter clearly stating that your child is orally fit for surgery. Please ask our staff for a template of the letter your child’s dentist can use.

Instructions will be provided to you to give to your dentist regarding the completion of your child’s oral health clearance letter.


Unavoidable circumstances may result in your child’s procedure being cancelled and rescheduled. If this occurs you will be notified by either booking staff or the care coordinator prior to the event. We apologise for the immeasurable stress this can cause you and your family.

If your child is unwell prior to the scheduled procedure please contact the care coordinator. You may be asked to see your GP for immediate assessment of your child. Children with acute illness won’t tolerate anaesthesia or surgery and the procedure will need to be rescheduled.

Bring some extra support if you can

It is sometimes helpful to have two adults present at preadmission. You may also wish to consider bringing other siblings that can support the attending child.

Contact us

Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Service
Queensland Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane
t: 07 3068 2790 (3d – Cardiology Clinic)
t: 07 3068 1111 (Switch)

In an emergency, always call 000.

If it’s not an emergency but you have any concerns, contact 13 Health (13 43 2584). Qualified staff will give you advice on who to talk to and how quickly you should do it. You can phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Resource No: FS088. Developed by Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Service. Updated: December 2018. All information contained in this sheet has been supplied by qualified professionals as a guideline for care only. Seek medical advice, as appropriate, for concerns regarding your child’s health.