Before Your Appointment
Once you have been referred to the National Surgical Centers Stockton, you will receive a call from a member of our team. You will be asked for information and will have to fill out some forms, either online or the forms will be mailed to you. Prior to the procedure you may need to have lab work done.
You will be tested for COVID-19 in the days leading up to your procedure. You will be told not to have anything to eat or drink for a few hours before the procedure. If you are running a fever or not feeling well, please let the staff know. You should not bring valuables, chew gum, or wear jewelry the day of your procedure.
You will need to make arrangements for someone to drive you and pick you up. It is important that you stay with a caregiver at least overnight after the procedure. The procedure may be cancelled if you do not have somebody staying with you over night after your procedure.
Please provide your medication list. We may need to adjust some medications several days prior to your arrival. Our staff is available to you to answer any questions you may have prior to your arrival.
Upon Your Arrival
Parking at the NSC Stockton is free. Handicapped spaces are available. If you need assistance please contact the center before your arrival.
Upon checking into the ASC, you will be greeted by the front office receptionist who will gather your information and get you ready for the nursing assessment. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR INSURANCE INFORMATION AND PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION to the center.
Nurses and other clinicians will ask you questions, take your vital signs, have you sign paperwork, and get your I.V. started. Once the doctor has evaluated you and you have signed an informed consent, you will be taken to the operating room for the procedure. Your personal belongings will be secured in a locker until your discharge.
After Your Discharge
After your procedure you will be brought to the recovery room, where nurses will monitor you closely and help you begin the process of recovery. Once you are fully awake, stable, alert and comfortable, your doctor will discharge you home with specific instructions (verbally and in writing) of what you need to do related to the procedure, medications, and follow up appointments. In addition, you will be educated about signs and symptoms to report to your doctor immediately, and signs or symptoms that require you to go to the hospital emergency room.
Follow Up Care
It is vital that you keep all appointments for follow up after your procedure as well as any other appointments with your primary care doctor or other specialists. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
During the pandemic and at all times, the NSC Stockton doctors and staff are dedicated to ensuring that your care is provided in a safe environment, following the utmost strict guidelines for cleaning, sterilization, protective equipment and testing. During the pandemic, we have increased the frequency and intensity of our cleaning.
We follow all State and Federal rules and regulations. All patients must be tested for Covid-19 prior to arrival at the center, (this will be arranged in advance) and will be asked about signs/symptoms of illness on the day of your scheduled procedure. Your temperature will also be taken. We will provide for social distancing and limit the number of people entering the center. Masks are required at all times for patients, staff and your companion. If the recommendations by the health department change, we will update our policy.