For patients at HCA Florida Ocala Hospital
We offer information and resources for our patients to ensure your experience with us is as safe, pleasant and useful as possible.
Information, guidance and resources for our patients
Because patient care is our most important job, HCA Florida Ocala Hospital is committed to creating an environment that is safe and comfortable for our guests and visitors. Our unique programs and services are designed to make your experience here exceptional.
Preregister for an appointment
At HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, we know your time is valuable. That’s why we offer convenient online pre-registration for services such as surgical procedures, mammograms and diagnostic tests and treatments.
Patient policies and procedures
We strive to give patients the best experience possible by creating and carrying out patient-focused policies and procedures.
What to expect if you have a procedure at our hospital
Knowing what to expect before undergoing a procedure at our facility can help ease some of the concerns you and your loved ones may have. Whether you are scheduled for an invasive surgery or outpatient procedure, we equip you with the information you need to ensure a successful experience.
Follow all instructions provided by your doctor, but, in general, the information below can help you know what to expect if you are scheduled for a procedure.
The day before
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your procedure. This is important for your health and safety. The pre-op nurse will notify you of anything you should take the morning of your procedure.
- Bathe or shower the night before or the morning of your procedure with antimicrobial soap. You may be given a special soap to use.
What to wear
- Wear loose-fitting clothing that is easy to get in and out of and low-heeled shoes.
- Do not wear jewelry, makeup, fingernail or toenail polish. This must be removed prior to your procedure. The hospital will not accept responsibility for jewelry or personal valuables.
- If you wear glasses, contact lenses, dentures or a hearing aid and wish to have them with you during your pre- and post-operative periods, that is permissible. Please bring containers for them so they can be stored during your procedure. Make sure you have those items with you when you are discharged.
Day of procedure
- Take nothing by mouth, including water, coffee, soft drinks, juice, chewing gum or candy, unless you are given specific permission. To do otherwise may cause a delay or cancellation of your procedure.
- Take no medications before your procedure unless you are instructed to do so. If you have, take them with the smallest sip of water.
- If you have not already done so, bring a list of your regular medications, including names and strengths.
- Bring any doctor's orders, additional forms or X-rays your physician has given you.
- Bring a copy of your Advanced Directives (living will, healthcare surrogate, etc.) if you have such arrangements. If not, information is available at the hospital.
You must arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure. Patients are not permitted to leave alone after an operation. The nurses can help you estimate your discharge time so you can make the necessary arrangements.
Your spouse, a relative or friend may accompany you to the outpatient lobby. We are allowing two guests per patient older than 18 years old. Waiting area space and guest facilities are limited, so please do not bring additional visitors. No more than two visitors are allowed in the outpatient area. One visitor will be allowed for Emergency Room visits. All visitors must screen negative on a passive screening before entering the building.
Consult-A-Nurse is a free service we offer to help our patients with a variety of healthcare-related needs.
Our nurses are here for you.
Our nurses and referral specialists are available to assist you with:
- Answering healthcare questions
- Finding a doctor and making an appointment
- Registering for classes and events
You can contact our nurses 24 hours a day by phone.
Plus Care Network
If your doctor recommends additional care to aid in your recovery after leaving the hospital, such as inpatient rehabilitation or at a skilled nursing facility, we can help.
Through our Plus Care Network, we have developed a network of agencies who meet our standards and can provide the help you need.
It is your right to choose your post-hospital facility/agency, but as part of our commitment to patient care, it is our responsibility to help you choose the one that will best meet your needs.
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