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Ambulatory (Short-Term) Surgery

More and more surgery is available on an outpatient, or ambulatory, basis. Outpatient surgery offers the highest standards of medical care and has many advantages for patients. At Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus, our Cronin Short-Term Surgery Unit is designed for surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay.

Ambulatory (Short-Term) Surgery

Our facility

With state-of-the-art technology and the latest in modern design, the newly renovated 4,500 square-foot Cronin Short-Term Surgery Unit is geared toward the patient who arrives the day of surgery and goes home the same day. We're open from 6 am - 7:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Our waiting room is equipped with large-screen TVs and comfortable chairs and couches for your friends and family. The ergonomic, free-flowing layout of the unit allows for the safe and easy transport of stretchers from preoperative bays to operating rooms and recovery areas. We also have a special area designed for children. Each pre-operative bay has a comfortable bed and television available. Our clinicians are available to answer all of your questions and concerns and keep your family or loved ones posted on your progress. We would like your experience to be as stress-free as possible.

Preparing for Your Surgery

Before your surgery/Pre-admission workup

Your doctor or the hospital may require certain tests before your surgery. These may include blood work, chest or other X-rays, urinalysis and an EKG to check your heart. Your physician's office will let you know what has to be done, and will assist you in making the arrangements. It is very important that these tests are completed prior to the date of your procedure. Pre-surgical testing should be scheduled before your procedure and can be done right in the Cronin Short-Term Surgery Unit. Learn more about our Presurgical Care Center.

Insurance, billing and financial assistance matters

We collect co-payments from patients who have insurance, based on their insurance plan. Please plan to pay the co-payment charge on the day of your visit. It may be paid in cash, by check, debit/credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover). Learn more about our Financial Assistance Programs.

Please notify us immediately if you have a change in your insurance. Your new plan may have authorization requirements in order for your procedure to be paid. Please also note that in addition to a co-pay for hospital services, there may be separate fees for services such as the anesthesiologist, surgeon, radiologist, etc. In the event additional procedures must be performed in the operating room, an adjusted bill will be emailed to you.

Confirming the date, time and location of your procedure

Be sure to give us a reliable telephone number where we can reach you the day prior to the procedure. One of our staff members will call you after 11 am on the day before your scheduled procedure to review key instructions to help you prepare for your arrival. Please ask the staff members if you should bring your dentures, glasses, contact lenses and/or hearing aides with you.

We will confirm with you the time you should arrive at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus. Please know in advance who will be bringing you and taking you home as you will be unable to drive yourself.

Please let us know if you or the person(s) who will be accompanying you have any special needs. This may include parking for specially-equipped vans, use of a wheelchair or other device for mobility limitations, and/or need for a translator or services for someone who is deaf or hard of hearing.

If we are unable to reach you and you do not hear from us by 3 pm on the day before your procedure, please call us at 203.789.3393.

The 24 hours before your procedure

Unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise, you should not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your surgery. Similarly, do not eat or drink anything, including water, on the day of your surgery unless otherwise instructed. If you were told to take your regular medications, please use only a small amount of water. Patients with diabetes should ask their surgeon for specific instructions. Your physician will let you know if you are to take your insulin the morning of your surgery. If you usually check your blood sugar at home, please do so before you come for your surgery. If your blood sugar level is extremely abnormal, please call us.

You may brush your teeth, gargle, and shower on the morning of your surgery. However, please do not wear make-up, nail polish, perfume or cologne.

What to wear and bring

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. please do not wear makeup or jewelry. Please leave money and valuables at home. if you use inhalers, please bring them with you.

Other instructions

If there are any changes in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever, or infection, please let your surgeon know as soon as possible.If it's possible that you're pregnant, please tell your surgeon. Arrange to have a responsible adult drive you to and from the hospital on the day of your surgery. If you go home in a taxi, someone must accompany you.We strongly suggest you arrange for a family member or friend to stay at home with you during the first 24 hours of your recovery.

The day of your surgery

Upon arrival, you will check in with clerical staff and then be brought into a private cubicle where your registered nurse will review your medical history, complete a physical assessment and start an intravenous line. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown. An anesthesiologist will then interview you. Until your surgery, you will wait in a private cubicle where you can watch TV or read. After surgery, you will recover in a special area where a trained nurse will care for you, watch you closely and monitor your progress. When you're ready, your nurse will call in your visitors. You will be offered something to drink and allowed to rest.

When children are patients

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. While the child is in surgery, one parent or guardian must remain on the unit. Special pediatric tours of the surgical center are available. These tours include a walk-through of the unit and a question-and-answer period for parents and/or the child. To register or receive more information, please call 203.789.3393.


Visitors can wait in our waiting room where they can read, watch TV, browse the Internet or visit our hospital cafeteria. The staff will inform your family members/loved ones when you're ready for visitors.

Going home (Discharge)

Your nurse will let you know when you're able to leave, and will explain your post-surgery instructions as well as give and review your prescriptions. You'll receive a copy of these instructions to take home. Whoever takes you home will bring the car to the discharge area; we'll bring you to that area in a wheelchair or escort you right to your car.

We have an on-site retail pharmacy that provides prescriptions and over-the-counter medications at competitive prices. Many patients (and their families) find it convenient to get prescriptions filled before leaving the hospital.

Our Concierge Program staff fills patients' prescriptions and delivers them right to the bedside before discharge. For information on the Concierge Pharmacy Service, please call 203.789.4076. If you'd like to use this service, please be sure to bring your insurance prescription identification card with you. If you'd like to pick up your prescription, please go to the pharmacy located on the first floor (adjacent to the cafeteria).

The next day

Your well-being and recovery are important to us. A member of our staff will call you the day after your surgery to see how you're feeling.


Please park on Level 3A (outlined in Orange) of the George Street Garage in one of the spaces designated for "Surgery Patients." Bring your parking ticket to be validated when you check in. For each outpatient surgery patient, free parking for your designated driver will be provided. The entrance to the Cronin Short-Term Surgery Unit is located on Level 3A. When entering from the George Street Garage, turn right, go through the door, down the ramp to the Unit on the left.

Learn more

Please visit our Special Outpatient Instructions page to learn more about how to prepare for your procedure.


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