All outpatient surgery patients must have a responsible adult who can accompany them to the hospital on the day of surgery, as well as to drive them home. Patients will receive medication that will make them drowsy and unable to drive, operate machinery or make major decisions for 24 hours following surgery. The person accompanying the patient must be able to understand necessary instructions regarding their post-surgical care.

It is now possible to pre-register for your hospital procedure. Access our pre-registration form. You will receive a call from a member of our Pre-registration Department to complete your registration process. 

Tips for an Excellent Surgical Experience

  • Unless otherwise instructed by your physician, do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery, including coffee, juice, water, candy or mints, except to take any medication (with small sips of water) that the physician has instructed you to take. Your stomach must be empty.  You may brush your teeth but DO NOT CHEW GUM, EAT BREATH MINTS, or SMOKE THE MORNING OF YOUR SURGERY.  If you do, your surgery may be delayed at least two hours.
  • Do not drink any alcoholic beverages 24 hours before or after surgery.
  • Do not take herbal medicines for 1-2 weeks prior to your surgery.
  • If you are diabetic we will check your blood sugar the morning of surgery and treat if necessary.
  • Please bathe or shower and shampoo your hair the evening before your surgery. DO NOT SHAVE the area of surgery for at least
    7 days prior to surgery.
  • Do not wear make-up, lotion, perfume, cologne, jewelry, nail polish or hair products.
  • All hairpins, hair clasps, combs, dentures, bridges, contact lenses, eyeglasses, and jewelry must be removed before surgery. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes.
  • Eyeglasses, contact lenses, and dentures may need to be removed and stored in proper containers before surgery.
  • If you have a cold, sore throat, fever, or other illness 24 hours (2 days) prior to surgery, please call your doctor (surgeon) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach your doctor, please report your illness to Outpatient Surgery by calling 910-291-7890.
  • The hospital will not be responsible for your personal items so please leave valuables such as jewelry, wallet, credit cards and money at home.
  • If you have any allergies to medications, anesthesia, latex, tape, soap or foods please inform your doctor and Outpatient Surgery.
  • You may receive a surgical scrub prep or medication for use prior to your procedure, please follow the instructions.

If you are scheduled for surgery at Scotland Memorial Hospital and will have your preoperative assessment the morning of your surgery, it is necessary for you to: 

  • Arrive promptly at the time you are instructed to and bring any papers given to you by your doctor.
  • Bring all of your current medications.
  • Bring a responsible party with you (family member or friend).
  • Make arrangements for someone to take you home after the surgery. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE.
  • Drink plenty of fluids the evening before surgery.
  • DO NOT COMSUME ANY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR SURGERY, AFTER YOUR SURGERY OR WHILE YOU ARE TAKING PAIN MEDICATIONS.
  • Take a shower or bath and wash your hair the evening prior to surgery.
  • You may brush your teeth. Dentures will be removed before surgery.
  • Please do not wear makeup or jewelry.
  • Leave valuables at home.
  • Call the working day prior to surgery for your time to arrive at Outpatient Surgery. Example: If you are to have surgery on Monday, call on Friday between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

TO THE PARENT/GUARDIAN OF A CHILD HAVING SURGERY:
Arrive at Scotland Memorial Hospital the morning of surgery for the preoperative assessment. The nurse will talk to you and perform any tests ordered by your child's doctor. It is necessary that you do the following:

  • Arrive promptly at the time you are instructed to and bring any papers given to you by your child's doctor.
  • Bring your child's current medications.
  • The parent/legal guardian must be present to sign all consents.
  • The guardian needs to remain at the hospital during the procedure and recovery time.
  • Bathe the child the evening prior to surgery.
  • All jewelry must be removed prior to surgery.
  • Unless otherwise instructed by the physician, the child should not eat or drink after midnight the night before the surgery, including coffee, juice, water, candy, mints, or formula, except to take any medication (with small sips of water) that the physician has instructed the child to take. The child's stomach must be empty. You may brush their teeth but they should NOT CHEW GUM or EAT BREATH MINTS THE MORNING OF THEIR SURGERY. If they do, the surgery may be delayed at least two hours.
  • Call the working day prior to surgery for your time to arrive at Outpatient Surgery. Example: If you are to have surgery on Monday, call on Friday between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

What to Expect on the Day of Your Surgery

  • We will ask the same questions multiple times to ensure patient safety. This is a NATIONAL PATIENT SAFETY INITIATIVE. Examples of the questions we may repeatedly ask are your name, date of birth, procedure to be performed and upon which side will we be performing the procedure.
  • We will educate you about pain, nausea, and the prevention of blood clots and infections, when appropriate.
  • It will be chilly when you enter the operating room so we will cover your with warm blankets for your comfort.
  • Our Surgical Services team will keep your family members informed of your progress. Families should remain in the patient's room or receive a pager from the nurse at the desk so we will be able to contact them.
  • Also, please read carefully the information on Pain Control and Anesthesia which will be provided to you. If you have questions, they can be discussed with your doctor, anesthesiologist and nurse.

Contact Us

  • Outpatient Surgery: (910) 291-7890 or (910) 291-7891 
  • Pre-Admission Testing: (910) 291-7490 or (910) 291-7491
  • OR Scheduling: (910) 291-7893 Scotland Memorial provides a toll-free number if you are calling to learn your surgery time. You may call 1-866-CALL-SMH or locally call (910) 291-7893.
For more information about Surgical Services at Scotland Memorial Hospital contact Kim Mintz, BSN, RN, Director, at (910) 291-7714.