Why do I need pre-admission testing?
Your pre-admission testing visit is designed to assess your health status, focus on your particular anesthesia requirements and prepare you for your upcoming surgery and hospital visit. It also gives you the chance to speak with hospital staff so you know what to expect on the day of your surgery.
If you are having an outpatient procedure, you may not have to come to the hospital before your visit if you had preliminary testing done at your doctor's office or another facility. In this case, please ask to have the results of these tests faxed to the Pre-Admission Testing/Ambulatory Surgery Center at 203.688.7536 at least 24 hours before your scheduled surgery. If an appointment is not needed, you will meet with the anesthesia staff the day of your surgery instead.
How and when can I schedule my visit?
If your surgeon's office has already made a pre-admission appointment for you, you will receive a letter in the mail with the date and time. If you do not yet have an appointment, please call 203.688.5860 to schedule one.
Your pre-admission appointment can be scheduled up to 30 days before your surgery; however, earlier is better. That way we have time to get all the test results or to schedule repeat or additional tests before surgery, if required.
How long will it take?
Although the average pre-admission testing visit lasts about 1½ hours, it could take more or less time depending on your health history and type of surgery. To be safe, we recommend that you plan for a 2-3 hour visit.
What do I need to bring to my visit?
On the day of your visit, please have the following information with you:
- Your current medications and/or completed medication card
- A list of your previous surgeries
- Any important information about your health history
Where do I go?
The Pre-Admission Testing Center is on the first floor of the hospital's East Pavilion. On the day of your scheduled visit, come to the main hospital entrance at 20 York Street and take a right when you enter the lobby. You can get directions and parking information in our Visitors section.
Who can I bring?
You can come to your visit alone, but are welcome to bring a family member or friend if you'd like. If someone will be taking care of you after your surgery, it's a good idea to bring them with you.
What should I expect during my visit?
Your pre-admission testing visit will include:
- Meeting with a Patient Accounts Representative, who will review your insurance coverage and requirements, as well as any financial issues. Please bring your insurance card(s) to this visit.
- Meeting with the Patient Care Associate or nurse, who will take your vital signs (temperature, pulse, blood pressure), draw blood and perform an EKG (electrocardiogram), if necessary.
- Meeting with a member of the anesthesia team, who will ask you detailed questions about your health history and perform a brief physical examination.
- An explanation of all aspects of your upcoming surgery, including the chance to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have about anesthesia, surgery and your hospital stay.
Before you leave, you will receive both verbal and written instructions about:
- When to stop eating/drinking before your surgery
- Which medications to take or stop and when
- Where to go when you get to the hospital
- How to find out the time you should arrive on the day of your surgery
- Telephone numbers to contact us if you have questions or concerns
For More Information
If you have any questions, call the Pre-Admission Testing Center at 203-688-5860.