|Gifford’s Pre-Operative Clinic provides medical clearance to patients having surgery or a procedure, such as a colonoscopy. The clinic is primarily utilized by those needing additional medical evaluation or intervention prior to surgery. The clinic is staffed by a registered nurse and a physician. These two clinicians work closely with anesthesiology, primary care, surgical and, when appropriate, ancillary services, specialty and inpatient caregivers to optimize patients’ surgical outcomes and recovery times.|
Pre-operative exams can include:
The Pre-Op Clinic is located on the third floor of the medical center in the Ambulatory Care Center. The pre-op physician is available by appointments on Thursdays. Pre-operative appointments are also available at the Gifford Health Center at Berlin on Fridays and the Sharon Health Center on Tuesday mornings.
- Vital signs check
- Medical history
- Instructions and information on the day of the procedure from walking in the door to recovery
- Review of medications and what can be taken prior to and following surgery (Please bring all medications with you to your appointments.)
- Any allergies you have
- Physical with the doctor
- Blood work
- EKG, if needed
- Chest X-ray, if needed
- Follow-up review of any blood work or diagnostic imaging
- Follow-up questions to the pre-op nurse
Your health care provider will refer you to the Pre-Op Clinic and help schedule your appointment.