What to Expect

Preparing for Your Hospital Experience

You likely have many questions about your upcoming hospital experience. The following information will help prepare you for your visit so you have a better idea of what to expect when you arrive at Hi-Desert Medical Center.

Pre-Visit Checklist

1. Consult your doctor. By speaking with your doctor ahead of time, you can find out who will be the doctor treating you in the hospital, ask any questions you may have and get a clearer idea about what will happen while you’re staying with us.

2. Choose a point person. Assign a family member or friend the task of being your point person, authorized to communicate with your medical team, if necessary.

3. Know your rights. As a patient, you have a number of rights — from deciding who’s allowed to visit you to approving medical treatments. Learn more about your patient rights.

4. Follow safety rules. To help ensure a safe, secure hospital stay, be sure to follow the hospital’s safety rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Arrive

Will I need pre-admission testing done before my surgery?

We recommend that you get pre-admission testing done two to 10 days before your surgery. Your doctor will order the tests, which may include the following:

  • Blood test
  • Urine test
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Chest X-ray

Will I need to complete additional paperwork at the hospital?

Using our online pre-registration tool before your visit should take care of most of the paperwork needed. However, there may be an additional form or two you’ll need to complete when you check in. You may be asked to complete the following:

  • Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices
  • Authorization to Release Protected Health Information During This Admission
  • Consent for Treatment and Conditions for Admission

How do I find directions to the hospital?

Find detailed information on how to get to Hi-Desert on our Maps & Directions page.

Preparing for Surgery

Do I need to stop taking any of my medications before surgery?

Consult your doctor before your surgery date before any special pre-operative instructions, including information about medications.

Are there food and drink restrictions I need to know?

Your doctor can give you specific instructions on what you can and can’t eat and drink prior to surgery.

Can I drive myself home afterwards?

We recommend that you make arrangements for a friend or family member to drive you home after your surgery. And please refrain from driving until your doctor has given you clearance to drive.

Day of Procedure

How early should I arrive at the hospital?

Please arrive at least two hours before you’re scheduled for surgery.

How much grooming can I do?

Bathing, showering or brushing your teeth before surgery is fine. However, please avoid any fragranced products, limit makeup and remove all body piercings and jewelry.

Can friends and family visit right after surgery?

You will be in post-anesthesia care after your surgery, so visitors will be restricted. If you are moved to a room, you will be allowed visitors between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. (Extended visiting hours can be authorized by your nurse.) Please note that adults must accompany children under 16.

Who do I contact if I need to cancel my surgery?

Notify your doctor and the hospital’s surgery scheduling department as soon as possible.

Have more questions? Contact us.