Patient Guide

What to Bring

  • Please arrange to have a responsible adult with you the day of surgery. This person will be responsible for your transportation to and from the surgery center. You will not be allowed to drive if you have had anything other than local anesthesia.

  • Insurance cards or forms. If you have questions whether this particular hospital visit will be covered, contact your insurance company before admission.

  • A Photo ID (such as a driver’s license)

  • If you have your lab test results or x-rays (MRI, CT) at home, bring them with you.

  • Your updated list of medicines, dosage, and instructions for taking them. Patients who use inhalers should bring them as well.

  • Denture containers are available for removable dentures or bridgework.

  • If your child is having surgery, bring a favorite toy or blanket along.

  • You will fill out registration and insurance forms. If you are a minor, your parent or guardian will fill out these forms. Be sure to ask any questions you have.

  • A parent or legal guardian if you are under age 18.

  • If you are a legal guardian, please bring a copy of appropriate legal documents and a court order for surgery.

  • Bring your advance medical directive (Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care) if you have one. This statement lets the doctors and nurses know the treatment you wish to receive or the name or names of persons who can be contacted to make health care decisions for you if you cannot speak for yourself.

  • If your child is scheduled for surgery, tell your doctor if he/she has been exposed to communicable diseases such as chicken pox, measles, etc., within three weeks of the scheduled surgery.

  • Follow any other instructions you may be given.

  • Limit cell phone use to lobby only.

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