The following information has been provided to assist you in preparing for your visit to our hospital. Our patients are called the day before admission. If you have not received a call by 7 p.m., please call the Patient Registration office to verify your admission time.
Surgical patients will receive a Pre-Admission Patient Information package from your doctor’s office. This package includes instructions and several forms that must be completed and returned to the hospital at least five days prior to admission. As well, a time and date for required tests that may include blood, electrocardiogram and X-rays will be indicated. If you have not received your package, please contact your physician’s office.
You may be booked into the Surgical Pre-Admission Clinic. You will be notified of a date and time. If you have not already mailed your COMPLETED Pre-Admission package to the hospital, please bring it to the Clinic with you. As well, bring your current medications in their original container to your appointment. At the Clinic you will have your tests, a teaching session, an interview with a nurse and an examination by a physician (anaesthetist) if necessary. As you can expect to stay three hours for this pre-operative program, ensure you have eaten prior to coming.
The Surgical Pre-Admission Clinic is located on Level 200.
A family member who will be helping with your care at home on discharge is encouraged to attend as well.
Please bring all medications that you are currently taking in their original containers. Include prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, vitamins and laxatives. Your doctor will give specific instructions regarding medications particularly aspirin products, arthritis pills or blood thinners taken prior to admission. If you have any questions regarding your medications, please check with your doctor.
DO NOT TAKE YOUR OWN MEDICATION WHILE IN THE HOSPITAL UNLESS SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY YOUR NURSE.
For more information, please visit our Patient Safety page.
Semi-private and private rooms cannot be guaranteed at the time of admission but every effort is made to transfer patients to their desired accommodation as soon as possible.
Patients occupying a private room may be asked to move if the room is needed for clinical purposes. If you request a private room or semi-private room, please bring your insurance policy name and number with you. On admission, you will be asked to sign a request for preferred accommodation which states you are responsible for the difference in cost, so please make sure your coverage is current. If this information cannot be provided, a five day deposit or VISA credit card imprint will be necessary on admission. To view our daily rates, visit our Billing Information page.
Hospital policy and By-Law No. 2011-106 prohibit smoking anywhere on NBRHC property. This includes any type of tobacco product, and devices such as electronic cigarettes. We will make Nicotine Replacement Therapy products available to you, to help manage any cravings you may have during your stay. As well, patients who are thinking about quitting smoking will be provided with advice and resources through our Tobacco Intervention Program.
If you are already using any medications to help you stop smoking, please be sure to let us know so we can continue your treatment plan while you are here.
Make-up, nail polish, perfume and other cosmetics must not be worn. Do bring your contact lens container. Take a soap bath or shower the night before or the morning of surgery and wear clean clothing. Make sure that you have followed your doctor’s instructions for any medications, laxatives, or other special preparations before your surgery. Failing to do so may result in your surgery being cancelled / postponed.
Patients booked for elective surgery are requested to contact their physician or the Pre-Admission Clinic if they develop a cold or are exposed to a communicable disease such as chicken pox.
There is no preparation for C.T. Scans, nuclear medicine tests or mammography. Having a GI series requires you to fast (nothing by mouth) after midnight. An IVP or a barium enema test requires you to purchase a prep kit at a pharmacy at least two days before your appointment. Some ultrasound tests do require a preparation – please consult your doctor.
Patient Registration office
Tel: 705-474-8600 ext. 3371
Open 24 hours a day