The Day Before Surgery
A nurse will call you the day before your surgery to verify your time of arrival and any instructions your physician may have given.
Please notify us if you will be at a phone number that differs from the one on your admission form. If you have any questions, please call us Monday-Friday at (360) 493-7095.
- Call the Surgical Short Stay Unit at (360) 493-7095 or the Pre-Admission Clinic at (360) 493-7144.
- Illness Please notify the physician if the person having surgery has a cold, respiratory infection or any other illness within a week of surgery.
- Food Food or liquid (including water or gum) is not allowed after midnight the day before a surgery, unless instructed otherwise.
- Medication Unless otherwise directed by your physician, continue taking all your medication until midnight before the surgery. Please bring all your medications with you.
- Instructions for children Patients under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The anesthesiologist will speak to the patient and parent prior to surgery. One parent must be in the hospital at all times, even when the child is in surgery or recovery. Please make child care arrangements for other children.
- What to bring Please complete the Pre-Anesthesia and Medical/Surgical History form and bring it with you on the day of your surgery. [form name is active; click to go to form for download] Remember to bring any medical coupons or Medicare, Department of Labor and Industries forms, insurance and social security cards to the hospital with you. If you have a co-payment, bring that amount of cash or a check with you. Please don't bring credit cards, more than $10 in cash, watches and/or other valuables.
- Plan for getting home You must arrange for someone to drive and escort you all the way to your residence. Drugs, including anesthesia, can alter your judgment and affect your reactions. You need someone to drive and escort you home to avoid injury to yourself and others. We recommend having a responsible adult stay with you for 24 hours after surgery.