Our pre-surgical testing team prepares each patient for a
successful and safe hospital experience. Please review the information below to
learn more about your pre-surgical appointment and how to prepare.
Your Pre-Surgical Appointment
Once you and your surgeon schedule your procedure, the
surgeon’s office will notify Southampton Hospital. A pre-surgical appointment date
is scheduled for 1-2 weeks prior to your surgery. Your comprehensive pre-surgical visit at
Southampton Hospital may last 1-2 hours, depending on the nature of your
scheduled procedure. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of your
scheduled appointment to allow time to register in the Admitting office.
Hospital offers free valet parking service at the main entrance at 240 Meeting
House Lane, Southampton. Your first stop
is the Admitting Office in the main lobby. After you register, follow the red
dots on the floor to the Laboratory and check in with the receptionist.
Handicap-accessible parking is located at the Herrick Road entrance, with
direct access to the Pre-Surgical Testing area, through the Handicap entrance. Turn
left and enter the Laboratory on your left. (If you choose to use this
handicapped parking lot, please remember you must first still register in the
What to Expect:
pre-surgical visit will consist of blood work, any essential imaging (X-ray, CT
scan, or EKG). Every pre-surgical testing patient that comes in will have an
evaluation by a Nurse Practitioner. Pre-surgical
testing is done in a “round robin” system for efficiency. The most extensive
portion of your appointment will be with the Nurse Practitioner, where all new
and existing medical problems will be discussed and a comprehensive health
history will be taken in preparation for anesthesia and surgery. You may also
receive a physical exam. Information
about your specific surgical procedure , and which medications to take on the
morning of the procedure, will be discussed. Please feel free to ask any
questions or express concerns.
Though it is not typical, some patients have a consultation
with an anesthesiologist. If you would like to see an anesthesiologist during
your pre-surgical visit, please make the request when confirming your
appointment. Every effort will be made to accommodate your request. All patients
will have ample time to meet with and discuss anesthesia and any concerns with
the anesthesiologist, on the day of surgery.
When your pre-surgical visit is complete, the team will have
determined whether you need additional evaluation prior to your procedure. Test
results (blood work, EKG, x-rays) will be sent to your primary care provider or
specialist. If necessary, an appointment will be arranged with your primary
care provider to review results. Our goal is for your entire surgical
experience to be stress-free with a positive outcome.
What to Bring:
- List of medications you are currently taking
(prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal), including the dosages and time of
day you normally take the medication
- List of all current physicians and specialists,
including phone and fax numbers, if you have them
- List of past medical problems (if any)
- List of past surgeries (if any)
- Current health insurance information
The Pre-Surgical Team
Many trained professionals will be involved in assuring your upcoming procedure is successful. These
include: anethesiologists, nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners,
phlebotomists and EKG and/or radiology technicians.
| Kathy Havlik, RN
| Krissy Mielenhausen, FNP-C
| Maura Jeffrey, ANP-C
| Kristen Forte, ANP-BC, CRNFA
Can I have breakfast the day of my
surgery? No. Do NOT eat or
drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure. You may have one
8-ounce glass of water or BLACK coffee or tea (no milk, cream, or non-dairy
creamers, but sweetener is fine) up to
three hours prior to your arrival time to the hospital.
Can I shower the day before or morning of my surgery?
Should I take any medications prior
to my surgery? Specific medication instructions will be
provided by your surgeon, your primary care provider, specialist, or the
pre-surgical team. If you have questions about your medications, please contact
us. Download and print a Medication Tracking Form.
What time should I arrive on the
day of my surgery? The Scheduling Department is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m., Monday through Friday. On the day before your surgery, please call
631-726-8282 between 12:00 Noon and 3:00 p.m. to find out what time you should
arrive at the Hospital on the day of your surgery. (If your procedure is on a
Monday, please call on Friday.)
What happens when I arrive at the
hospital for surgery? Upon arrival, go directly to the Admitting Office
in the main lobby. A member of the Admitting staff will register you as a
patient and then direct you to the Ambulatory Care Center on the first floor.
You will check in at the Ambulatory Care desk, be given a room assignment, and
meet your nurse. You will be given a gown and a cap to cover your hair. Do not
bring any valuables (e.g., jewelry), as your personal items will be left in
your room. A small locked closet will be
provided for your ID and keys, etc. The nurse will interview you and start an
intravenous line in your hand or arm. You will meet a member of the anesthesia
team and options for anesthesia will be reviewed, discussed, and decided upon. A
nurse will also conduct a short evaluation and confirm your plan of care. When everything
is ready for surgery, you will be transported into the operating room, given
anesthesia, and then surgery will begin. Learn more about Admitting and what you need to bring.
Will I be able to drive home after
surgery? No.You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after
How will my family/friends know when my surgery is complete?
What if I need to stay in the hospital after surgery?
What do I do upon discharge from the hospital?