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What is the admission process at UAB Hospital?

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What is the admission process at UAB Hospital?

Answer:

Before Your Surgery 

Please call the hospital at (205) 325-8100 or (205) 325-8350 if you have not been contacted by 8 p.m. the night before your surgery.

Please call the Admissions Office at (205) 325-8610 or the hospital switchboard at (205) 325-8100 if you cannot keep your surgery appointment. You will need to contact your doctor in order to reschedule your operation.

Admission to the Hospital 

Before Your Surgery

You can expect to receive three phone calls before your scheduled surgery.

1. Three to five days prior to your arrival, our admissions staff will call you to verify your personal information for registration and billing purposes. They also will inform you of any co-pays or deductibles currently due.

2. As early as three days before your surgery, you'll receive a call from one of our preoperative nurses to obtain information about your medical history and medications, as well as to give you pre-operative instructions. This call may take up to 30 minutes.

When the nurse calls, please have information about all current medications (you'll need to read the label to the nurse), your medical history, and the names and phone numbers of your current doctors. Please tell your physician's office if you need assistance in answering these questions so they can arrange a time for us to call when you have someone available to help.
The nurse may ask you to obtain additional information from your doctors and bring it with you.

3. The day before your surgery, the hospital Admissions Office will call you to confirm your arrival time for surgery. Please call the Admissions Office to receive your arrival time if you haven't been called prior to 4:00 p.m. the day before your surgery. The Admissions Office can be reached by calling205.325.8610 Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m. or on weekends, please call the hospital's main number at 205.325.8100.

Your arrival time is not the scheduled time of your surgery. Patients are scheduled to arrive early to allow time for proper pre-operative evaluation on the day of surgery.
Although we make every attempt to keep waiting time prior to surgery to a minimum, some delays, such as emergency surgery or complicated procedures, take longer than the anticipated time. Please arrange your schedule so that you do not have the added stress of a tight schedule. You could be here most of the day, depending on your type of procedure. It is not uncommon to be here longer than the time the physician tells you because of changes that can occur during the day.

 

Pre-Surgical Testing
Information about your health is the most important thing our clinical staff needs to know before your surgery. Your surgeon's office has a list of required documents that must be obtained from your other doctors for our review prior to your surgery. However, if you have a copy of any clinical document, please bring it with you on the day of surgery.

Interpreter Services
Both foreign language and sign language interpreters can be available during your stay at our hospital. Please inform the staff at your surgeon's office if you will require these services.

What Your Doctor Needs to Know

If you have allergies to foods or medications or dyes used in diagnostic tests
If you have a latex allergy
The name(s) and dosage(s) of medication(s), including over-the-counter and herbal medications, that you take. Please bring all medications that you take regularly with you on the day of surgery.
If you smoke
If you drink alcohol
If you use recreational or "street" drugs
If you have other health problems, such as diabetes, heart problems, or high blood pressure
If you have had previous surgeries and anesthetics
If you have had a reaction to previous anesthesia
If it is possible that you are pregnant

 

Canceling a Procedure

Report any changes in your health to your surgeon's office. This includes cough, cold, or fever.
Please call the Admissions Office at (205) 325-8610 or the hospital switchboard at (205)325-8100 if you cannot keep your surgery appointment. You will need to contact your doctor in order to reschedule your operation.                                                                                        

Schedule Confirmation

Please call the hospital at 205.325.8100 or 205.325.8350 if you have not been contacted by 8:00 p.m. the night before your surgery.