What to Expect

A hospital checklist for your upcoming stay

​All the details that make up a hospital stay – from what to do beforehand to what to plan for after your discharge – don’t have to be overwhelming. The following tips will help prepare you for your stay at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center.

Pre-visit checklist

Schedule a consultation with a doctor

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

Choose your “point person”

Designate a close family member or friend to be the one person who is authorized to communicate with your medical team if necessary.

Know your patient rights

As a patient, you have rights while you’re at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital — from deciding who can visit you to deciding what medical treatments you’ll approve. 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

Before visiting the hospital

Do I need to complete paperwork at the hospital?

Before your visit, you can use our online pre-registration tool. This should cover the majority of paperwork that we need. However, there might 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 (PAT) before my surgery?

We suggest that you get pre-admission testing (PAT) done 2 to 10 days before your surgery. Your physician will order the tests, which could include a:

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

How do I get directions to the hospital?

The Maps & Directions page will give you detailed information.

Preparing for your surgery

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?

If you develop flu-like symptoms, including a fever lasting more than 24 hours, notify your physician.

Will I have food and drink restrictions before my surgery?

Check with your physician for specific instructions on what you can and cannot eat or drink prior to surgery.

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.

The day of surgery

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 or shower, using antibacterial soap, and brush your teeth before surgery. But do not wear makeup and perfume, and remove all body piercings and jewelry.

Can friends and family members visit after surgery?

After surgery, you’ll be in post-anesthesia care. Visitors will be restricted at this time. If you are moved to a room, they will be allowed to see you.

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

Notify your physician and the hospital’s surgery scheduling department at (714) 966-8118 as soon as possible.

Learn more about your condition.

If you have additional questions, please call (855) 946-3604.