What to Expect

What you should expect during your visit

At Lakewood Regional Medical Center, we want to make visiting the hospital as easy and comfortable as possible. The following information will help you prepare and know what to expect.

Before your visit

  • Schedule a consultation with a physician
  • This will give you a clear understanding about what will happen at the hospital and you'll know who will treat you there.

  • Designate a point person
  • Choose a close friend or family member who will communicate with your medical team if necessary.

  • Reduce your risks
  • We value your safety and security and have specific rules in place to make your visit as safe and secure as possible. Please follow all of our safety rules during your visit.

Frequently asked questions

Will there be additional paperwork to complete at the hospital?

You can complete most paperwork online using our pre-registration tool. There may be a form or two you'll need to fill out when you check in. Forms you may need to complete at the hospital include:

  • 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 any pre-admission testing?

Your physician will order any tests that need to be done, which may include a:

  • Blood test
  • Urine test
  • EKG
  • Chest X-ray

Please have any required testing done 2 to 10 days prior to your admission.

Where do I get directions to the hospital?

You can find directions on our Maps & Directions page.


Here are a few things to do to prepare for surgery:

  • Talk to your physician about whether or not to take your medication prior to surgery.
  • If you have fever, cough, congestion or other flu-like symptoms lasting more than 24 hours, notify your physician immediately.
  • Check with your physician about instructions regarding what you can and cannot eat or drink prior to surgery.
  • Make arrangements to have an adult drive you home.
  • Download and sign our Day of Surgery Information Packet
  • Download and complete our Anesthesia Questionnaire and Information

Surgery day checklist

To make the day of your surgery as comfortable as possible, it's important that you are prepared and know what to do and what not to do.


  • Check in at Outpatient Services two hours prior to your scheduled surgery time or as directed by your doctor.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing that can be put on easily after surgery.
  • Have someone with you who can drive you home and stay with you for the next 24 hours.
  • Let children bring their comfort item (such as a blanket or toy) and have two adults — one to drive home and one to supervise.
  • Bring a copy of your Advance Directives if you have them.


  • Bring additional children
  • Wear jewelry or other valuables
  • Wear makeup, lotion or cologne/perfume

Minors and guardianship

If the patient is a minor or an adult unable to sign for himself or herself, please bring proof of guardianship or medical power of attorney. Minors must have a parent or guardian with them.

Canceling surgery

If you need to cancel your surgery, call your physician and the surgery center as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please call us at (855) 580-3668.