NorwoodPatient and Visitor Information

Preparing for Your Stay

Pre-Admission Testing

The pre-admission testing department at Norwood Hospital prepares patients for elective surgery. Pre-admission testing (also called pre-test) is scheduled through your surgeon’s office.

At the time of your pre-test appointment, you will first register at the hospital's admitting desk in the Draper Lobby. It is important that you bring your completed preoperative patient questionnaire that your surgeon's office gave you. During your appointment, you will complete any necessary clinical testing, such as blood work, urine test, X-rays or EKG. You will also meet with a nurse and a member of the anesthesia team.

Appointments take approximately one hour with day and evening appointments available. If pre-admission testing is not necessary, the nursing staff will make every effort to conduct a phone interview prior to your scheduled surgery. For questions or additional information, call pre-admission testing at 781-278-6750. 

Pre-Surgery Education for Patients to Families - Free Class

Norwood Hospital offers a free,one-hour class to help you prepare for your upcoming surgery. This pre-surgery education for patients (PEP) class is offered weekly and addresses many questions to help ensure a more comfortable, safe, and positive surgical experience. Family members are encouraged to attend with patients. A special PEP class for children is also available.

The class is taught by experienced nurses. You will receive care and instructions specific to your type of surgery, which will be discussed privately with you and family members. For more information and to register, call 800-488-5959, ext. 49.

Things to Bring with You

For your hospital stay, please bring your health insurance cards and social security number to expedite your health insurance claims. To make your stay more comfortable, bring only essential items, such as toiletries, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. Although the hospital will provide a surgical gown, you may want to bring your own gown or pajamas, as well as a robe and slippers to wear as you recover. Let your caregiver know if you have brought your own assistive devices or specialty equipment. While we will take reasonable precautions, Norwood Hospital is not responsible for patients' personal belongings.

Things to Leave at Home

Please note that during your stay, Norwood Hospital is not responsible for any valuables that you bring to the hospital. This includes, but is not limited to, jewelry, money, credit cards, laptop computers, music players, cell phones or other valuables. These items should be left at home or sent back home while you are hospitalized.

Should you have any valuables that cannot be sent back home, please ask your nurse to deposit them in the cashier's safe. They will be returned when you are discharged. Should you choose to keep your valuables with you, you will be responsible for them. We also ask that you not bring medications to the hospital, although it will be helpful if you bring a list of medications you are currently taking. For safety purposes, electrical appliances such as hair dryers, shavers and radios may not be brought to the hospital.

Your Admission

Your room assignment is dependent upon available bed space and the reason for your hospitalization. We make every attempt to address any personal preferences you may have during your admission.

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