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Many people who have surgery at Memorial Hospital must come in first for preadmission testing. We will do all the necessary testing in one visit.

Why do I need preadmission testing?

We use your preadmission testing visit to assess your overall health, determine your anesthesia needs and prepare you for your surgery. You will meet with a nurse and can ask him or her questions, discuss any concerns, and review your surgery instructions. Not everyone must come in for preadmission testing. Your doctor will decide if you need this visit. If you do not, you may still need laboratory tests. If you had testing done at your doctor’s office or another facility, please ask them to have the test results faxed to our Preadmission Testing/Ambulatory Surgery Center at (401) 729-2895. A surgical services nurse will then call you for your health history and list of medications you take; you can also ask questions at that time.

How and when can I schedule my visit?

Once your surgery is scheduled, someone from Memorial Hospital will call you to schedule your preadmission testing. If you do not hear from them in a few days, call (401) 729-3178. Your preadmission testing can be scheduled up to 30 days before your surgery, so we can get the test results back or can schedule repeat or additional tests if needed. We will mail you confirmation of your appointment with a questionnaire about your medical history and medications that you should fill out and bring with you to your visit. If you have any questions, call the Preadmission Testing Center at (401) 729-2701

How long will it take?

The average preadmission testing visit lasts 30 to 60 minutes, although it could take more or less time depending on your health history and the type of surgery you’re having.

What should I bring?

Please bring the following to your preadmission testing visit:

  • Your medical coverage card(s). If you are covered by a group insurance plan that requires the hospital to fill out insurance forms, please bring the forms.
  • Photo identification card (driver’s license).
  • Your completed questionnaire.
  • Any advanced directive such as a living will or durable power of attorney.

Fasting is not required for this visit and you can take all your medications as usual. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Where do I go?

Stop at the Admitting Department in the main lobby. Staff will direct you to the testing area.

Who can I bring?

You can come alone, but are welcome to bring a family member or friend. If someone will be taking care of you after your surgery, it is a good idea to bring that person with you.

What should I expect during my visit?

Your doctor will decide what tests will be given at your visit, but they may include:

  • Blood tests.
  • Electrocardiogram.
  • X-rays.
  • MRSA swab.
  • Physical therapy.
The nurse will explain your surgery to you and you can ask any questions about anesthesia, the surgery and any hospital stay you may have. Before you leave, you will be given verbal and written instructions about:
  • When to stop eating before your surgery.
  • What medications to take and when.
  • Where to go when you get to the hospital on the day of your surgery.
  • How to find out what time you should arrive on the day of your surgery.
  • Telephone numbers to contact us if you have any questions.
For children, their physician will give instructions. In addition, the following preadmission testing guidelines apply:
  • Pediatric preadmission testing is done at the Ambulatory Care Center, facing Pond Street on the hospital’s main campus.
  • Children under 18 must come with a parent or legal guardian who must sign the patient consent form. The pediatric staff will call the parent/guardian before the surgery to get the child’s medical history and any lab work that has been done. In addition, they will tell you when to arrive at the hospital on the morning of surgery and where to go that morning.
  • You and your child can also tour the Pediatric One-Day Surgery Unit and talk with nursing staff about any concerns you have. Please call (401) 729-2296 to make an appointment.

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