At Westfield Hospital, a Joint Commission accredited facility, we strive to make your stay a compassionate, personal experience. You will be cared for by our team of highly skilled and experienced professionals who will make your visit as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Please take a few moments to read this section which describes what to expect before, during, and after your procedure.
Westfield Hospital is a state-of-the-art fully functioning hospital with three surgical suites, a PACU (post-anesthesia care unit) and a SPU (short procedure unit), plus an Intensive Care Unit.
Your surgery will be performed in one of the first floor surgical suites. Following your surgery, you will be taken to the second floor, either to the Short Procedure Unit until your physician discharges you or admitted into one of the beautiful hospital rooms for an overnight stay.
Westfield Hospital can perform pediatric surgeries and have patients, aged 14 and older
, remain overnight. Special care is taken for the adolescent patient - your comfort and needs are always our priority.
Your teenager can enjoy a "NetFlix" movie while recuperating in their private room, across from the nurses' station!
What to Bring
All patients must bring on the day of their surgery:
- Photo ID
- Insurance card
- Referral, if required
- A list of all medications including over-the-counter, vitamins and herbal supplements
- Name of your medical (family) doctor.
If you are going home the same day of your surgery then you must have an adult drive you home from Westfield Hospital.
You must have your pre-admission testing completed and your History and Physical (H&P) completed at least 7 days prior to surgery.
If you have questions or need further assistance, then please call Westfield Hospital at 610-973-8400.
Surgeries at Westfield Hospital
The surgeons at Westfield Hospital are Board Certified experienced physicians; our partners include general surgeons to specialized surgeons. Westfield offers many surgical specialties, such as Bariatric weight loss surgery
, breast surgery, cosmetic-plastic surgery, colon-rectal surgery, gastroenterology procedures, gynecological surgery, otolaryngology surgery (ENT), opthamology, an array of orthopedic surgery, oral surgery, pain management procedures, podiatric surgery, and vascular surgery.
Westfield boasts a certified SILS surgeon, Dr. Vitaly Sawyna, who performs single incision laparoscopic surgeries. Westfield Hospital also offers complimentary programs for weight loss patients including a Bariatric Patient Forum and Westfield Support Group meetings for the Bariatric community. Please visit the section, Bariatric Surgery.
Before Your Surgery
Your surgeon or medical physician will perform a physical examination before your scheduled surgery date, preferably within 1 week before your surgical procedure. This is called an H&P.
Your surgeon has ordered some pre-admission tests for you. These tests are typically blood work, a chest X-Ray, and/or an EKG. At Westfield Hospital, we offer Pre-Admission Testing
on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and can be scheduled at 610-973-8441.
Although your surgeon, Westfield Hospital and our personnel have specific professional responsibilities in your health care, you, as the patient, also must adhere to some important requirements. Failure to adhere to these important steps might result in cancellation of your surgery.
The Day of Surgery
- The night before your surgery, DO NOT EAT or DRINK anything after midnight, unless directed to do so by your surgeon. Avoid smoking the day of your surgery as well.
- Check with your physician before taking any daily medications the night before or the day of your surgery.
- Do not drive your car. Arrange for an adult to bring you to Westfield Hospital and to bring you home after discharge. This person should be available at all times, either by telephone or at the hospital, during your surgery.
- Call your surgeon if you develop a sore throat, severe cold or fever before your surgery.
- Get to bed early and try to get a good night of sleep.
- Please arrange to have someone home with you the first 24 hours after your surgery/discharge.
Remember to not eat any solid food after midnight. Wear casual, comfortable clothing and shoes. Leave all your jewelry, money and valuables at home. Do not apply makeup or hair spray. Please remove mascara and nail polish.
If you have been notified by the business office that payment is due on the day of surgery then please remember to bring that payment with you.
If you cannot keep your scheduled surgical appointment or if you are going to be late, then please call Westfield Hospital at 610-973-8400 and your surgeon immediately.
Parents, family and/or friends may wait in the first floor lobby or the second floor waiting room during your surgery. Bathrooms and water fountains are located on the first floor and vending machines are located on the third floor across from the kitchen (open for breakfast and lunch).
Following Your Surgery
After your surgery you will be taken to the recovery room (PACU) where your continued care will be monitored by Westfield's professional staff. Once you are ready to be discharged, your surgeon and our nurse will instruct you and your family about your care at home.
You may NOT drive yourself home or use public transportation. Someone must drive you. It is not unusual to feel slightly sleepy or dizzy after anesthesia and medications.
For 24 hours after you arrive home
Have a responsible adult with you. Do not drive any vehicles or operate any heavy equipment. Pamper yourself and avoid strenuous activity!
Follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. Do not take any medications not prescribed or acknowledged by your surgeon. Alert your surgeon to any adverse symptoms or change in your condition.
Your bill will reflect charges relative to services for your care including your hospital room, supplies, medications, and procedures.
Because medical costs are often unexpected, it is understandable that you may anticipate difficulties in meeting your portion of the expenses. Please contact our Billing Department as early as possible to make credit arrangements satisfactory to you and the hospital. Westfield Hospital will accept cash, checks (certified, personal and traveler's) and credit cards.
Your personal surgeon is not an employee of the hospital. He or she will bill you separately as will any consulting physician for the services they provided.
If you required specialized services then you will receive bills from the radiologist, the pathologist who performed the laboratory tests, and from the anesthesiologist.
Your insurance company may require pre-authorization or second surgical opinion prior to your admission. Your surgeon's office will preauthorize prior to your procedure. Failure to comply may result in a reduction of your benefits; therefore a portion of the bill will become your responsibility.
Children can be scheduled for a short procedure at Westfield Hospital. Since the idea of surgery can be frightening to a young person and to their parents, we encourage both parents/guardians to accompany the child. Please bring a favorite book, blanket, or toy to comfort and add assurance to your child. Specific instructions regarding the preparation of the child for surgery will be given to a parent before surgery.
Cosmetic Surgery Patients
Prior to surgery, cosmetic patients will be given an estimate for the surgery and fee to be admitted to Westfield Hospital. It is expected that this fee will be paid five days prior to surgery.
Worker's Compensation Patients
requires specific information. Please plan to supply the name of your Worker's Compensation carrier, the name of the agent or person to contact at your place of employment, the complete address and phone number of your employer at the time of injury and YOUR CLAIM NUMBER.
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