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Day Before and Day of Surgery

The Day Before Surgery you will be contacted by a Pre-Operative Care Unit (POCU) nurse before 8:00 p.m.  If you are taking medications, the nurse will instruct you on what medications to take the morning of surgery.  The nurse will also instruct you on the time to arrive at the hospital.   Please keep in mind that scheduled times may change due to cancellation of cases or other reasons.  You will be contacted if your arrival time changes because of these unforeseen circumstanced. The direct number to the Pre Operative Care Unit (POCU) is 847.723.7400.

The Day of Surgery free parking is available in the North Parking Garage.  The hospital also offers Valet parking, at the main hospital entrance for a fee.  You will enter the hospital through the Main Hospital Entrance and check in at the Patient Registration Desk which is to the immediate left of the Main Hospital Entrance, across from the Main Information Desk.  Once completed at Patient Registration, you and your family will be escorted to the Pre Operative Care Unit (POCU) waiting area.  Your escort will check you in at the Pre Operative Care Unit.

Please have your family review this brochure Day of Surgery:  Patient and Family Experience.  In order to safeguard patient privacy, family members will be asked to wait in the designated waiting area until the admission process is complete.  The Pre Operative Care Unit (POCU) only allows 2 visitors at a time.  Children under the age of 18 are not permitted in the Pre Operative Care Unit (POCU).

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