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Getting Ready For Admittance

Getting ready for admittance

Once you have been scheduled for surgery, you will need some basic information to guide you through the surgical process. Here, you will find vital information to assist you in:

  • Preparing and planning for your surgery
  • Learning about the surgical process
  • Understanding the different types of anesthesia
  • Preparing for your recovery.

Just as each person is an individual, so too, is every surgery. To best serve you, our process is customized to meet your individual needs and the needs of your surgeon.

You are encouraged to be an active participant in your healthcare and to ask questions. The staff at Chesapeake Regional is committed to providing you with the best care and information available.

Pre-Surgical Admission Testing

All patients scheduled for surgery at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center must have a Pre-Anesthesia Assessment completed by a pre-admission nurse. Anesthesia is a vital part of your surgical experience. To provide you with the best care possible, it is important that we have the most accurate information regarding your medical and surgical history, as well as a complete list of all medications you are taking. This includes any over-the-counter medications.

You must also complete a Surgical Assessment Form prior to or during your visit to Pre-Surgical Admission Testing.

The entire medical history form, front and back, should be completed and all medications you are taking must be listed, including any pain medications and over-the-counter medications such as vitamins or herbal supplements. This is important because some herbs and dietary supplements may interact with certain anesthetics, prolonging the anesthesia's effects or increasing the risk of bleeding or raised blood pressure.

Your testing must be completed 7 to 10 days before your surgery date. This allows us to have time to review your testing results and follow up with any concerns. Patients who have experienced heart attacks, bypass surgery, stents or pacemaker/defibrillator placements - must supply us with their cardiologist's name and date of their last visit.

The Pre-Surgical Admission Testing area is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please allow about one to two hours for testing and an interview with a nurse. At that interview, you will receive pre-surgical education and instructions about taking your medications the day of surgery. You will also be instructed to take a pre-surgical shower the night before and day of your surgery to help prevent any surgical site infections.

Please be sure to bring with you any paperwork, such as consents and orders, the surgeon's office staff has given you. Remember: The following must be completed within 7 to 10 days of your surgery date.

Pre-Anesthesia Assessment

  • Complete medical and surgical history
  • Complete list of all medications including dosage Pre-Surgery Testing
  • Labs
  • EKG
  • Bring all paperwork with you to Pre-Surgery Admission Testing
    • Consents
    • Physician orders
    • Clearance papers

Hospital Registration

Within a few days of your surgery, staff from our insurance and registration departments will contact you for information.

Both a picture ID and your insurance cards are required for registration.

Once your surgeon's office "books" or reserves a place for you on the operating room schedule, your insurance will need to be verified by the surgeon's office and by the hospital. Our insurance department will contact you regarding your coverage and policy numbers. Please make sure that the policy numbers and name on the policy are correct. Insurance payments can be denied or delayed if information is incorrect.

Please verify that all information is correct prior to signing any forms. Your name and date of birth are especially important since these are used as your patient identifiers and this information is sent to your insurance company. If any information is incorrect, your claim could be denied.

Hospital registration is open from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.