Preparing For Your Stay | Tampa General Hospital

Preparing For Your Stay

Visitation Policy

We continue to evaluate our Visitation Policy to protect the health and well-being of our patients, physicians and team members during COVID-19.

Please click here for the latest Visitation Policy.

Pre-Admission Testing Appointment

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. You may eat, drink, and take your medications as usual on the day of your pre-op visit.

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Parking on the day of your pre-operative appointment

Visitor garage parking is available for a flat $3 rate that is due upon exiting the garage (first hour is free). Valet services are available for a flat $5 rate that is due upon departure. For information about free off-site parking contact the Parking Services office at (813) 844-2277.
After you park, please follow the posted signage directing you to the West Pavilion/ Main Entrance and report to Admissions/Registration in the Main Lobby, First Floor, West Pavilion to be registered for your appointment.

A free courtesy shuttle is available from the parking garage to your destination on the TGH campus. After you park, call (813) 844-2277.

We are no longer able to accommodate RVs and motor homes.

About your pre-operative appointment

When you report to Admissions/Registration for your pre-operative appointment, you will be asked to have your palm scanned. Our palm vein identification system adds an extra layer of security upon registration because the vein pattern in your hand is unique and 100 times more accurate than a fingerprint. Palm vein pattern recognition is used by many healthcare facilities across the country for patient identification.
It works by scanning the vein pattern of your palm using near-infrared technology (similar to a TV remote). The device takes a digital image of the vein pattern just below the patient's skin which is then processed to create a protected digital file linked to your medical record. This service provides a higher level of protection than a personal identification number, driver's license, fingerprint, or password.

Additionally, your palm vein pattern can identify you in case you are unconscious or unable to communicate. While TGH recommends palm scanning for your safety, you are not required to have your palm scanned.

After completing paperwork and the palm vein scanning in Admissions/Registration, you will be called to the Pre-Admission Testing Center, where a nurse will review surgery instructions and other information with you. A member of the anesthesia team will examine you and answer any questions you may have about the anesthesia you will receive during your procedure/surgery.
If ordered by your surgeon or anesthesiologist, you may have lab work, an EKG or X-rays performed during this visit. This appointment will take a minimum of two hours so please bring something to occupy your time. The length of your appointment will depend on what tests your physician has ordered and what is required for your procedure/surgery. For your comfort, we recommend bringing a sweater or light jacket, as it is sometimes cool in the Pre-Admission Testing Center.

Please bring the following to your pre-op appointment:
  • All insurance cards, government issued photo ID card, and/or military ID (if applicable)
  • Any laboratory test results, X-rays or EKGs

  • A current list of all medications and dosages, including over-the-counter medications and vitamins

If you have any questions regarding your pre-operative visit, please call 813-844-7869 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

On the day of your procedure/surgery

If you are having a procedure in the GI lab or any operating room, OTHER than the Outpatient Surgery Center, proceed to Admissions/Registration in the Main Lobby, West Pavilion.
Outpatient Surgery Center: On the day of your procedure/surgery 
Enter the West Pavilion (Main Lobby) entrance of the hospital. The Team Member at the Information Desk will direct you to the Outpatient Surgery Center located on the third floor.

Consent Forms

The admitting representative will also ask you to sign a consent form, which is an agreement to allow our team member to treat you. A parent or guardian must sign for a minor. Additional forms may be required for special procedures during your stay. Your physician will discuss these with you.

Privacy Information

Upon admission, you will receive a copy of the hospital’s Notice of Privacy Practice, which identifies your rights to privacy and the ways in which the hospital works to protect your privacy. If you object to having your name in the hospital’s patient directory, or if you would like to limit or restrict communications with persons involved in your care or payment of services, it is your responsibility to inform hospital personnel of that decision. You may make or rescind this decision at any time during your hospital stay.

Read our Joint Notice of Privacy Practices and Notice of Organized Health Care Arrangement about how health information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.

Advance Directives

An advance directive is a written or oral statement about how you want your medical decisions made should you not be able to make them yourself. It is the policy of this hospital, in accordance with state and federal law, to recognize your right to make your treatment wishes known in advance. This can be done in two ways:

  • A living will

  • A Healthcare Surrogate Designation

Download our Advance Directives forms