What to know before you arrive
General appointment arrival information
Every visitor needs to check in at Security for a visitor ID badge. Formal ID (i.e., government ID) is required.
All patients and visitors can speak with our staff at the main entrance front desk for guidance on finding their location.
Pre-surgery or pre-procedure information
You can make surgical procedure and follow-up care as safe as possible. Here’s what you need to know.
Before your surgery
- Bring a list of any questions you have about your surgery to your presurgical doctor’s visit.
- Bring a list of all the prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications that you are currently taking or that you took until very recently. Be sure your surgeon is aware of any allergies you have to medications and foods.
- Be sure to follow any other pre-surgery instructions you were given.
On the day of your surgery
- Shower or bathe and wash your hair. Don’t wear makeup or perfume.
- Leave jewelry, money, credit cards and other valuables at home.
- When you arrive at the hospital, you will be given an Informed Consent form to sign. Read it carefully. Make sure everything on the form is correct. If you don’t understand something, ask questions before you sign the form.
Before your procedure begins
Staff at the hospital should ask you the following questions more than once before your surgery:
- Your name and date of birth
- What kind of surgery you’re having
- The part of your body that is being operated on
What to bring
When packing for the hospital, bring only the necessities. These include:
- A government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport)
- Your insurance card
- Any paperwork or forms related to your treatment or procedure
- Your prescription plan benefit card, if you have one
- A list of your current medications with dosages
- A copy of your advance directive, if you have one
- Charger for your cell phone, iPad, etc.
- Paper and pen for jotting down notes and questions
- Eyeglasses, dentures and hearing aids
- Personal care items (e.g., disposable toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, soap, shampoo, a comb or hair brush)
- Comfortable clothes and shoes to wear during your stay and/or when you go home
What NOT to bring
- Large amounts of cash and jewelry, including wedding rings
- Any medications—they are provided by our hospital pharmacy during your stay