If your doctor's office did not schedule your Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) appointment, please call 410-535-8343 or 301-855-1012, ext. 8343 to make one. Pre-Admission Testing is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Your surgery may require you to come to the hospital ahead of time for diagnostic tests, if not already completed by your primary care physician. You will also have a detailed medical history taken by a registered nurse in Pre-Admission Testing.
At this time, you will receive pre-operative instructions and learn what to expect the day of your surgery. You will have time to ask questions and to speak with an anesthesia staff member, if desired. This appointment may be scheduled up to one week before surgery. Please be aware that due to some HMO restrictions, you may be required to go elsewhere for your diagnostic testing-labs, EKG, etc.
If you are having same day surgery and your diagnostic work is complete, it may be possible for the PAT nurse to interview you by phone. Please call Pre-Admission Testing to determine if you meet that criteria.
A phone interview is not an option for patients who have a complicated medical history, the hearing impaired or those who will be staying overnight after their surgery. These patients require detailed written instructions from Pre-Admission Testing.
We prefer to see children at the hospital prior to surgery to demonstrate the equipment that may be used during surgery and allay any fears. Children and their parents may tour the Same Day Surgery area if desired.
Please bring a list of the prescriptions and over-the-counter medications you currently take. In lieu of a list, you may bring your medication bottles. Also bring surgical orders from your doctor, a requirement for Pre-Admission Testing. If you do not have surgical orders when you come for PAT, your appointment will be delayed until orders are received from your doctor's office.
Bring your insurance cards and your photo ID. Any co-pay or deductible are expected at the time of pre-admission registration. If unable to pay, please make arrangements with our Billing Department prior to your PAT appt. For more information, call 410-535-8248.
Please use the front parking lot reserved for surgical patients and enter the main lobby.
The "OR Registration" desk is located to the right of the waiting area.