Our medical team knows hospital stays can be stressful for not only patients, but their loved ones as well, so we have made a conscious effort to make all our facilities as comfortable as possible. Below are some basic tips to help make your stay less stressful. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to talk to one of our staff members.
Thank you again for trusting us with your or a loved one’s care.
What you need to bring to the hospital
Be sure to have this information and these items available before your admission.
- Social Security number
- Insurance card
- State-issued photo ID, like a driver’s license
- Form of payment for noninsurance-covered expenses
- Living will
- If applicable, Medicare or Medicaid card
- If applicable, a birth plan
If you are going to stay in the hospital overnight or for an extended period of time, you may want to bring some items to make your stay more comfortable.
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Any medications you need
- Slippers or socks
We can help you prepare for your surgery in a quiet, friendly environment by setting up an appointment at our Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic. As you visit with our nurses and a representative of the anesthesia department, we will assess your readiness to safely undergo anesthesia. We may recommend blood tests, X-rays, and/or an EKG. This visit will take from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the testing required. You can schedule your clinic appointment by calling (316) 962-9130 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm We will be happy to arrange your visit at a convenient time for you. Please bring your health insurance card(s), a photo ID and the completed health history form that includes a current medication list.
You may park in the south parking lot at Central and Rutan. Check in at the admissions desk to your right after you enter.
If you are unable to attend the Pre-Op Clinic, we would like to do a telephone history. This is important to making your admission go as smoothly as possible. Please call (316) 962-7269 if you live in Wichita, or (800) 732-0189 toll-free if you live outside the Wichita area. If the phone is not answered, please leave us a message and we will return your call on the next working day.
We can ease the admission process for you by confirming your insurance information before you arrive for surgery. Call our business office at (316) 962-7740 between 8:00am and 5:30pm on a weekday for verification.
Preparing for surgery
- Skin cleansing
Please shower or bathe with Hibiclens before coming to the hospital. Follow the link above for specific instructions about how to use Hibiclens and about the prevention of surgical site infections. More information on surgical site infections
You will be instructed which medications to take before surgery. Please follow these instructions. Be sure to provide a complete and accurate list of your medications, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements, while visiting with your doctors, nurses and anesthesia staff. Talk to your doctor about blood thinning-medications such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and diabetic medications. Some of these medications need to be reduced in dosage or stopped before surgery.
- Eating, drinking, taking medications and brushing teeth
Do not eat, drink or smoke after midnight the night before your surgery unless your doctor instructs otherwise. This includes gums, candies and chewing tobacco. If you are instructed to take any medications on the morning of surgery, use just enough water to swallow your pills. Try to limit the amount to one ounce or less. Do not drink juice, coffee, tea or milk. You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery.