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Did the hospital contact you? Did the hospital contact you?

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Unread 10-27-2006, 03:20 PM
Did the hospital contact you?

I know this is probably crazy, but I'm worried about not hearing from the hospital. My doctor's office has told me that my surgery is scheduled for next Friday at 7:30, but I don't know when the hospital would call to let me know when to arrive. Also, I wonder whether there are pre-admission forms to be filled out, etc. I had my pre-op EKG and blood work yesterday, so I guess I just wait. It feels like it's not really going to happen, but I'm sure there will be a whirlwind right before I'm scheduled. I'm a planner by nature and I get very anxious about details when I'm nervous. I'm curious to hear how other people got information about admission. Thanks very much!
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Unread 10-27-2006, 03:23 PM
Did the hospital contact you?

Don't worry the hospital should call you the day before surgery and let you know what time to arrive. Good Luck and speedy recovery.

Unread 10-27-2006, 03:31 PM
Did the hospital contact you?

The doctor told me my surgery was scheduled for 7:30 am on Thursday. But, the hospital would call the day before to tell me the exact schedule. They were supposed to call by 2 pm, but hadn't, so I called them shortly after 2 pm on Wednesday, and they told me the surgery time was changed to 9:30 am on Thursday, and I needed to be there by 8:15 am.
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Unread 10-27-2006, 03:40 PM
Did the hospital contact you?

Lefty ~ I can totally identify with you about being a planner. I am the same way! Prior to surgery I had 2 weeks worth of meals cooked and frozen and cleaned my condo top to bottom. I also shopped for healthy/anti-constipation foods, Colace and pads.

The hospital should call you anywhere from 1 week to 48 hours or so prior to your surgery to let you know when to arrive. I had to arrive 1 hour early. In fact, they called me twice to change the time.

As far as the form go, I didn't fill any out. At my pre-op hospital appointment the nurse and the anesthesioloigst asked me a bunch of questions and I just signed the consent form and the HIPPA form.
Unread 10-27-2006, 04:04 PM
Did the hospital contact you?

hi, i had my preadmit with the hospital on the 3rd , on the 5th, the hospital called and said surgery was schedule for 7:00 am, on the 6th to be there by 5:30 am...originally my doc's office had said surgery was at 9:00am.....

so being a planner too that threw me for a loop because then i needed for someone to get my 3 kids up and ready for school and put on the bus at 6:50am. In the end it all worked out, my neice handled everything while me and DH left for the hospital at 5:00 am.

Don't work, next week will fly by, it will be Friday before you know it..Best wishes...

Unread 10-27-2006, 04:09 PM
Did the hospital contact you?

I'm sure your hospital is following their own efficient procedure, but I don't blame you for feeling uneasy about the lack of fanfare. At my pre-op one week prior to surgery, they gave me parking directions, asked if I wanted the telephone in the room activated, told me exactly when to arrive and what part of the building to go to, in writing. Those pieces of paper in my hands told me the hospital was expecting me. You need some pieces of paper, Sister Lefty! They're like your formal invitation to The Castle!

Someone mentioned their time changed. My time changed twice within 24 hours of the surgery, it was moved forward by a couple of hours. So I would make sure you give them a cell phone number, or check your messages if you're not at home (I spent the day/night before surgery at my sisters).
Unread 10-27-2006, 04:10 PM
Did the hospital contact you?

Thanks for all the advice and good wishes. I am staying overnight near the hospital the night before because it's an hour from my house and with the Los Angeles traffic, we didn't want to risk it. I'm hoping I won't need to have a pre-admit since it's so far away and I had all the blood work done already.
Unread 10-27-2006, 04:38 PM
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to you -- you're on the homestretch now!

I was to call the the night before my surgery to get my exact report time on surgery day. I was actually surprised there wasn't more pre-op stuff for me to do, but in my case all they needed were the blood tests (which you've already had). Again, I think this has more to do with your doctor's preferences.

Wouldn't hurt to call and check, though. It's better to call unnecessarily than to fail to call when you should have. Good luck to you!
Unread 10-27-2006, 09:45 PM
Did the hospital contact you?

I called the hospital admissions and asked if I could Pre-admit. They asked me a bunch of questions and then the day before surgery, I went in for some blood tests and to sign the papers. It made it easy on the morning of my surgery. It never hurts to call and ask. It may even give you one less thing to worry about


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