Location Map FAQ
St. Maarten Medical Center
On the day of your procedure, report to the admission department.
Please arrive promptly at the time of your scheduled admission.
For admissions: a valid ID, insurance documents or other payment method.
Patients should be properly clothed. Wear loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to put on and remove. If surgery involves hand/arm or leg/ foot, please wear clothing loose enough to fit over a large bandage. A top that zips or buttons up the front may be easier to put on after your procedure. Wear comfortable flat or low-heeled shoes. Bring an extra pair of clean socks, if you prefer to wear your own in the operation room. A nightstand will be provided for your clothing.
Your friend or family member is allowed to wait in the patio/garden or watch television during your surgery. Preferably, they can continue with daily or planned chores.
Your safety is important to us. For that reason you may be asked the same questions several times by different people. We have to confirm if certain details are correct, as part of our checking procedure. This is standard practice for any patient having an operation as we have to ensure the correct procedure is carried out. We do know who you are and why you are in hospital, but want to double-check our information.
You may wish to use your mobile phone to update family and friends about your condition. You can use your phone in your patient room. You may not use your phone in clinical areas, as it may affect the medical equipment.
Staff at the Medical/Surgical Ward
After registration at the admission department, you will get pre-admitted at the medical/surgical ward.
Once there, a nurse will assist you in filling an admission form. You will be asked several questions to allow us to become familiar with your medical and surgical history. We will verify medications you currently take, and schedule any tests you need, based upon history and health.
We will discuss the type of anesthesia you will be given as well as inform you about the procedure you will have so that you will know what to expect. Ask us about anything you do not understand and we will try to explain your care in terms that are meaningful to you.
Any instructions given to you are of great importance. It is your responsibility to ensure you follow the instructions given for your own safety or your operation could be postponed or cancelled. If you have not been given any specific instructions before you are due to come in for your procedure, please contact the Pre-admission clerk.
Notify your surgeon if there is any change in your physical condition, however mildly, such as a rash, fever or flu symptom. If there is a chance you are pregnant, notify your surgeon immediately.
If you are taking any medication please bring them in with you:
By providing this information, the clinical team can compile an accurate record of your current medication. Be sure to tell the anesthesiologist and the nurse about your medical problems including allergies as well as your medical history such as Asthma.
The anesthesiologist may advise you to stop taking certain medications if you are having surgery. It will still be useful for you to bring your medication on your day of surgery, even if it has been decided to stop using your medication before coming into surgery.
Diabetic and hypertension patients will receive special instructions for management of blood sugar and medications. Asthma patients should bring along their Ventoline or Combivent puff.