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Before My Procedure

To expedite your check-in process, the Pre-Admission Coordinator will be contacting you prior to your date of service. You will be receiving an information packet, by mail which includes a notice of patient rights and responsibilities, Physican Ownership Disclosure and the center policy on Advance Directives.   At this time, if you have any specific questions for a nurse we will gladly have you speak with one.

If you have not received a call by afternoon before your procedure or have additional questions please call us at 805-371-0455 between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM.

It is important for you to follow these guidelines before procedure to prevent delay or cancellations.

Food and Drink:
Do not eat food or dairy products after midnight the night before your procedure.  You may have water up to four (4) hours before your arrival.  Your personal physician may have other specific guidelines regarding your preparation for the procedure.  Please make sure you follow those instructions.

Alcohol – Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival.

Smoking – No smoking after midnight the night before your procedure.

Jewelry (including body jewelry) - Please remove all these items before procedure.

Clothing – Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing. Please wear or bring socks.

Valuables – Please leave valuables at home.

Notify the Center & Your Physician if:

• You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the physician and the day of your procedure.
• You suspect you may be pregnant.
• You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners or certain herbal medicines.  You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your procedure.  You can discuss this with your physician. 

What You Need the Day of the Procedure:

• Information To Bring – Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses. Also, please bring a list of your current medications with the dosage and when last taken.
 Driver – You must plan to have someone drive you home.  Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
 Escort – A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST accompany you upon discharge.
• Legal Guardian – A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
• Interpreter – If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, an interpreter is required.  If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact the Scheduling department 805-371-0455 as soon as possible.

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