Before You Arrive


Before Surgery

Make sure you don't eat or drink after midnight before your surgery. Your stomach must be empty to prevent vomiting.  Nothing by mouth means no mints, gum, candy and nothing to drink or eat.  If you eat or drink, your surgery may be postponed or cancelled.

Do not bring large sums of money, jewelry, or other valuables for your stay in the hospital.  A small amount of cash may be necessary for items from the gift shop or vending machines.  Riverview Regional Medical Center cannot be responsible for replacement of personal belongings unless locked in the hospital safe.  Items such as hearing aids, dentures, glasses, etc. should be labeled and stored in the containers provided by your caregiver or sent home with your family members.

You will need to bring a list of all the medications you are currently taking with their dosages.  You should not, however, bring any prescription medications with you unless directed by your physician.

If you have any questions about your surgery before your arrival, please all 256-543-5270 or your physician.

What to Bring

We want you to feel at home during your stay, but recommend you bring a few personal items as possible.

We recommend you bring:

Undergarments, hospital gown and safety socks will be provided. 
Wear comfortable clothes to the hospital.
Toiletry articles.
Current insurance card and photo identification.
Any important papers such as healthcare proxy or living will/advanced directives.
Co-payment and/or deductibles as indicated by your insurance provider.