If you are being admitted to Shands Lake Shore, please check-in with the Admissions department. The Admissions office is located on the first floor near the hospital's main entrance.
The Admissions staff will gather critical data to support both the clinical and administrative service departments. Financial arrangements for services will also be established at this time.
For more information about admission to Shands Lake Shore, call Admissions at (386) 292-8030.
You must register before you become a patient at Shands Lake Shore.
Register online or at the first floor of the hospital. The hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After-hours registration is done in Admissions. Customer service representatives are also available to answer your questions by telephone from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information about registration at Shands Lake Shore, call (386) 292-8030.
Prior to arriving at the hospital, you may be required to follow special instructions given to you by your physician or health care provider. It is important that you follow these instructions and any pre-operation guidelines.
The evening before your surgery, you may eat a normal dinner. However, you cannot eat or drink anything (including water, gum or hard candy) after midnight. Not eating or drinking is essential to preventing vomiting during and after anesthesia. If you violate these guidelines, your surgery may be cancelled.
Bring a list of your current medications that includes the names, dosages and how often you take them. Talk to your physician about possible drug interactions.
You may be asked to stop taking aspirin or medications with aspirin. Many patients should stop taking aspirin two weeks before surgery. Patients may also have to stop taking anticoagulants or blood thinners such as Coumadin. Talk to your physician about these and other medications before and after your surgery.
It is strongly recommended that smokers quit smoking as early as possible before surgery.
We want you to be comfortable during your stay at Shands. The following tips should help you when packing for the hospital.
You should bring:
For the comfort and safety of all patients, Shands requests that you do not bring jewelry, valuables, electric appliances (hairdryer, shaver, heating pads, etc.), food, or medications.
If you will have an extended stay at Shands, consider bringing one photo of family or friends, books or reading materials, or comfortable pajamas.