SURGERY PRE-ADMISSION TESTING
If your surgeon has not scheduled your pre-admission planning appointment, you may do so by calling (270) 706-5444.Where to Go (MAP PDF)
Park in the parking garage and enter the hospital through the Main Entrance and proceed to the round reception desk in the center of the lobby. There you will be registered for your procedure and directed to Pre-Admission Testing on the third floor (MAP PDF)
.What to Expect at Pre-Admission Testing
Upon arrival, you will be asked to fill out a medical history, before any testing takes place. Please bring the following items with you the day of your appointment:
Keep in Mind
- Insurance cards
- Any paperwork that your doctor has given you
- Your current medications (or a list of them)
- A list of all allergies (medication, food, etc.)
- A copy of your advanced directive (living will)
Evening before Surgery
- Wear comfortable clothing for testing. Your doctor may order an EKG and/or chest x-ray.
- Minors scheduled for pre-admission planning must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who can give consent for surgery. Legal guardians should bring all necessary legal documents.
- A registered nurse will review your medical history, educate you regarding your surgical procedure, and provide educational material regarding anesthesia and pain management An anesthesiologist may see you at this time, if appropriate.
- Your meeting with the nurse is the perfect time to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have.
Please follow your physician’s instructions or the instructions given to you by the pre-admission planning nurse regarding your pre-surgery preparations. Evening Before Checklist
Day of Surgery Checklist
- Please bathe with anti-bacterial soap such as Dial or Zest and wash your hair the evening or morning of your surgery.
- Do not eat anything after midnight the evening before surgery unless you were instructed otherwise by your physician.
- Do not drink anything after midnight (even water) or have candy, chewing gum, or smoke.
- Arrange ahead of time for a responsible adult to drive you home following surgery.
Day of Surgery
- Wear comfortable clothes or bring something loose to wear home.
- Do not bring children with you; an adult family member or friend is most welcome.
- Bring insurance cards, advanced directive/living will and/or other pertinent forms or information if you did not do so at pre-admission planning.
- Please bring medications in their original containers the morning of surgery.
- Do not wear fingernail polish or bring valuables – leave jewelry at home.
- Children may wish to bring a favorite stuffed animal or blanket.
- Minor children (under 18 years) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian the day of surgery.
Parking is available in hospital lots bordering Highway 31 W North, as well as in the parking garage (MAP PDF)
. We perform surgeries in two locations within Hardin Memorial Hospital. During your pre-admission planning appointment you will learn if your procedure will be performed in Same Day Surgery or in the Outpatient Endoscopy and Surgery Center.
If your procedure is being done in Same Day Surgery you may enter the hospital at the Admitting /Registration Entrance facing Dixie Avenue, or if you park in the garage, enter via the Emergency Room Entrance, through the waiting room to the Admission’s Lobby.
If your procedure is being done in the Outpatient Endoscopy and Surgery Center then it is best to park at the north end of the campus in the Outpatient Endoscopy and Surgery Center parking lot.
If you did not have a pre-admission planning appointment with the nurse, you must go to the circular desk located in the Admitting Department before proceeding to the Same Day Surgery area.
If you’ve already had your pre-admission planning appointment, take the elevator in the Admission’s Lobby to the Third Floor, and hospital personnel will assist you to your room in the Same Day Surgery.
You will remain in the waiting room until your scheduled surgery time. Family members may wait in the waiting room located in the Same Day Surgery. One family member is encouraged to stay during your surgery. Your doctor will talk with them after your surgery is over. Hospital staff are also available to answer any questions or concerns you and your family might have.