What to Expect

All the details involved in a hospital stay can be overwhelming, even when you’re feeling well. To help make sure things go as smoothly as possible during your visit to Placentia-Linda Hospital, we’ve provided the following tips to help you prepare and know what to expect. We’ve also answered the most frequently asked questions about preparing for day or overnight surgical stays.

Pre-visit checklist

Schedule a consultation with a doctor

Make sure you know who your treating physician will be, and get a clear idea about what will happen at the hospital while you’re there.

Choose a “point person”

Designate a close family member or friend to be the one person authorized to communicate with your medical team. This alleviates confusion and helps you get the latest information sooner.

Know your patient rights

All patients at Placentia-Linda Hospital have specific rights — from deciding who can visit to approving medical treatments. Learn more by visiting our patient rights section .

Reduce your risks

The hospital has rules in place to make sure you are safe and secure during your stay. Be sure to follow all the hospital’s safety rules.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to complete paperwork at the hospital?

No. Before your visit, you can use our online pre-registration tool. This should cover most of your paperwork. There may still be a form or two that you’ll need to fill out when you check in. Forms you might be asked to complete:
● Authorization to Release Protected Health Information During This Admission
● Consent for Treatment and Conditions For Admission
● Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices

Will I need to have pre-admission testing before my surgery?

We suggest that you get pre-admission testing done 2 to 10 days before your surgery. Your physician will order the tests, which could include a:
• Blood test
• Urine test
• Chest X-ray

How do I get directions to the hospital?

The page Maps & Directions will give you detailed information.

Should I stop taking any of my medication before surgery?

Talk to your physician about any of your medications prior to your surgery.

What do I do if I’m sick?

Notify your doctor if you develop flu-like symptoms, including a fever lasting more than 24 hours.

Will I have food and drink restrictions before my surgery?

Ask your doctor for specific instructions.

Can I drive home after surgery?

Please make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home after your surgery. Afterward, wait until you have clearance from your doctor to drive.

What time should I arrive at the hospital for my surgery?

Please arrive at least two hours prior to your scheduled procedure.

Can I bathe and brush my teeth before surgery? Can I wear makeup?

It’s fine to bathe, shower and brush your teeth before surgery. But do not wear makeup and perfume. Also, remove all body piercings and jewelry.

Can friends and family visit after surgery?

After surgery, you’ll be in post-anesthesia care. Visitors will be restricted. If you are moved to a room, friends and family can visit.

Who do I contact if I need to cancel my surgery?

Call your doctor and the hospital’s surgery scheduling department as soon as possible. If you have additional questions, please call (714) 961-5951.