At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, our goal is to provide you with the best possible care before, during and after your surgery. You can play an important role in making sure your admission, surgery and recovery go smoothly.

Call to Start Your Admission Process

At least three weeks before your procedure—or as soon as you're scheduled if it's an immediate procedure—call our preop nurse at (603) 433-4837, Mon - Fri, 7:30am - 3:30pm, to confirm the details. If you get our voicemail system, just leave a message with your name and birth date, the date of your procedure and the best time to return your call.

Your Preadmission Visit

Once the date of your surgery has been set, you'll also be contacted for a preadmission interview and diagnostic testing. This gives us vital information as we prepare for your procedure.

Bring your personal identification, insurance card, list of medications (including supplements, herbal preparations and vitamins) and dosages, a summary of your drug allergies and any advance directives regarding your healthcare.

During your preadmission visit, we:

  • Gather your medical and surgical history
  • Conduct a nursing assessment and discuss any concerns you may have about your care
  • May ask an anesthesia provider to assess your situation
  • Conduct any preadmission tests such as X-rays and lab tests
  • Talk about the time and place to arrive on your day of surgery

Pre-Register Online

Portsmouth Regional Hospital offers you the option to preregister online for surgery. You must complete the online process, including insurance questions, as soon as possible or at least 72 hours before your procedure appointment. Questions that don't apply to your surgery or situation should be answered with NO or with an X.

You'll be notified of your surgery day arrival time between 4:00pm and 5:30pm the night before. If your surgery is scheduled for a Monday, we'll call you on the previous Friday.

For questions about online registration, or if you don't have access to a computer, call us at (603) 433-5223, Mon - Fri, 7:30am - 4:00pm.

Day-of-Surgery Check-In

On the day of surgery, enter through the main lobby and check in at the registration desk. Follow signs to the Same Day Care Unit/Short Stay Unit. Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Guidelines—How to Prepare for Your Surgery

Follow these general guidelines to prepare for your surgery at Portsmouth Regional Hospital unless you're directed otherwise:

  • Stop eating and drinking at midnight the night before your surgery. This includes chewing gum, throat lozenges, milk or milk products, orange juice, beer or other alcoholic beverages. You may brush your teeth on the morning of your procedure, but don't swallow water.
  • Take your prescribed heart, blood pressure, asthma, thyroid, seizure or pain medications, as discussed with your physician, with just enough water to swallow them.
  • If you regularly use inhalers, continue to use them at home and bring them with you to the hospital.
  • Patients with diabetes should not take insulin, oral hypoglycemics or any diabetic medication on the day of surgery. Call 603.433.4033 for additional instructions.
  • Don't take any diuretics (fluid pills) such as Lasix, HCTZ or others.
  • Talk to your doctor if you're on blood thinners.
  • Don't smoke after midnight.
  • Bathe or shower before your procedure.
  • Don't apply makeup or lotions.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and remove all jewelry and body piercings.
  • Leave valuables, jewelry, credit cards, money, checkbook, wallet or purse at home.
  • Bring containers for eyeglasses, dentures or hearing aids, and place these items in their containers before entering the operating room.
  • Pack a small bag with what you'll need for an overnight stay, including pajamas, slippers and toiletries. You may want to leave these items in the car until you've been assigned an inpatient room number.
  • Parents of children having surgery may be in the operating room until your child falls asleep and may bring a stuffed toy or security blanket for your child to hold following the procedure. Get more details by reviewing our information about pediatric surgery and preparing for your child's hospital visit.
  • If you experience a change in your health—such as a cold, cough or fever—within 24 hours of your scheduled surgery, contact your physician or surgeon immediately, and notify our anesthesia department at (603) 433-4045.

Make plans for someone to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after surgery.

Your physician will provide additional directions on prepping for your surgery. We also offer interactive tutorials with in-depth, easy-to-understand explanations for many procedures performed at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. To view these tutorials, you'll need an access code from your doctor or the hospital.

View patient education tutorials.

Check our online Health Library for information about what to expect before, during and after your specific medical procedure.

If You Have Hiatal Hernia, Peptic or Duodenal Ulcer, Heartburn, Reflux

Take over-the-counter Zantac 75mg or similar medications, available inexpensively from local drug stores, as follows:

  • Two at bedtime the night before surgery
  • Two the morning of surgery with sips of water

What to Expect After Your Surgery

After your surgical procedure:

  • Your physician will talk with your designated caregivers about your procedure.
  • Depending on the use of anesthetics during your procedure, you may be taken to a postanesthesia care unit (PACU) where your blood pressure will be continuously monitored.
  • As your anesthetic wears off, sounds may seem louder than normal and you may experience blurred vision, dry mouth or chills. While these are usually normal responses, tell your nurse how you're affected.
  • If you're experiencing pain, the nurse will coordinate the appropriate pain management with the surgeon and anesthesiologist.
  • Your physician or nurse will determine when it's appropriate for you to return home or be moved to a postoperative room to continue your recovery.
  • Before you're discharged, you'll receive written instructions about caring for yourself at home, information on who to call with questions about your recovery and a time and date for your follow-up appointment.

Be sure to ask a member of your surgical team if you have questions about preparing for your surgery or postsurgical care.

Special Services at Portsmouth Regional Hospital

Call our preop nurse to arrange any of these special services:

  • Complimentary Reiki session before or after surgery
  • Visit with an anesthesiologist before surgery; available Mon - Fri, 7:30am - 1:00pm
  • Get breast cancer information from our Cancer Care Education Coordinator
  • Private rooms
  • Help with arranging rehabilitation services after you're discharged

Learn more about billing and insurance.

Rehabilitation & Recovery

Support your recovery and regain function following surgery by taking advantage of the extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services available to you through Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Our compassionate clinicians, nurses and therapists deliver the expert care you need. Your overall recuperation, return to daily activities and outlook on life can also benefit from our services for postoperative pain management and integrative care.