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Newton Medical Center: The Patient Experience
Prior to surgery at Newton Medical Center, your physician may order pre-admission testing. Always check with your physician prior to your scheduled date of admission. On the day of admission, go to the admitting desk, where a patient access representative will guide you through the admitting process and any pre-admission testing that has been ordered.
Pre-admission testing may include the following:
Services at the Charles L. Tice Heart Center may include EKG, Holter monitoring, pacemaker checks or echocardiograms. All of these procedures are noninvasive. Your physician may order more complex procedures, such as stress testing, echocardiograms or catheterizations, to further investigate the functioning of the cardiovascular system. These procedures can take a longer period of time or may require a certain amount of recovery time.
Blood tests are performed at various times of the day and night as needed to provide optimum results. Some tests require two to 24 hours of processing time; others can require a longer period of time for accurate results. Once the results are available, your physician is provided with your reports.
Some radiology procedures may require you to follow some simple restrictions, while others may require more lengthy preparations. For some tests, we will need you to wait while your images are being developed.
Should your care require services from the physical, occupational, speech or cardiac rehabilitation departments, a therapist will visit you within 24 hours of receiving the order from your physician.
At your physician's discretion, a respiratory therapist may provide tests and treatments to monitor or improve your breathing status. These treatments may be given at different times of the day or night, depending on your condition.
Fluid therapy may be a basic part of your medical treatment. To administer fluids intravenously, a certified intravenous nurse will insert a catheter into your vein. This procedure can be painful depending on your medical condition, although every effort will be made to keep you comfortable.