Your Hospital Stay

Before You Arrive for Your Surgery/Procedure

  • Discuss your surgical procedure with your physician.
  • Do not DRINK or EAT anything after midnight, EXCEPT: heart, blood pressure, anti-seizure, and stomach medications. Take these medications only as your surgeon directs and only with a small sip of water.
  • Do not smoke, dip or chew after midnight.
  • Do not chew gum.
  • Do not wear nail polish, makeup or jewelry.
  • Bring your current medications in their original containers. Bring your home medications with you to the hospital at your pre-testing appointment and/or upon admission to the hospital. If they are prescription medications, keep them in their prescription bottles. If you take any over-the-counter medications, bring them also.
  • If your physician wants you to continue taking your prescription medications while you are in the hospital, your bottles will be kept in a locked room and administered by your nurse.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Bring a Photo ID and your Insurance Card.
  • Do not bring guns, or pets. They are not allowed on hospital property.
  • Read the Patients Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Read Patient Financial Responsibilities.
  • Bring personal items you may need, such as nightwear, toothbrush, denture cleaner, hairbrush, glasses, hearing aids, and any special equipment such as a CPAP machine.

Arrival for Your Surgery/Procedure

The check-in process upon arrival is the opportunity for the hospital to collect all necessary information for your procedure and your stay. Your information may only be accessed by those who need the information to provide care. The staff at Arkansas Surgical Hospital has a legal duty to keep your information confidential and secure. This facility complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996.