Outpatient Services

SPECIALIZED OUTPATIENT DIAGNOSTIC
TESTS and SERVICES

When life's too busy, we make it easy to get the healthcare tests and services you need at two convenient locations in Harford County, Maryland.

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The outpatient diagnostic and treatment services you need are available at University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital (UM HMH) in Havre de Grace and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC) in Bel Air. With cutting edge technology and experienced health care professionals, we provide quality outpatient care built on patient comfort. Our one-call scheduling of tests and procedures makes it easy for you to schedule your tests.

To learn more about our laboratory, imaging, outpatient surgery and specialty services, click on the area of interest below.

OUTPATIENT SURGERY

Our Outpatient Surgical Centers are committed to ensuring a healing experience provided in a supportive and caring environment. The Klein Ambulatory Care Center at UM UCMC and Outpatient Surgery Center at UM HMH provide outpatient surgical services in an accessible, cost efficient, convenient and comfortable setting.

Patients benefit from the services and support of the hospitals. The well being of patients and their families is paramount. From the spacious waiting rooms to the progressive Recovery Rooms, our outpatient surgery centers provide patients and families with a peaceful and comfortable environment.

For more information to help you prepare for your surgery, click on one of the links below:

Preparing For Your Surgery

At University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH), we are dedicated to providing high quality surgical care in a healing and compassionate environment. The following information will assist you in preparing for your surgery or procedure.

Please come to the hospital two (2) hours prior to your surgery. If you are scheduled for surgery at 7:30 AM, please arrive at the hospital at 6:00 AM.

Patient Surgical Assessment

  • Please complete the Patient Surgical Assessment form you will receive during your visit with the surgeon and return it to the office staff prior to the end of your appointment.
Pre-Surgical Testing

  • A medical History and Physical is required for your procedure. Please make an appointment with your family doctor to have a history and physical completed. If you do not have a family doctor, presurgical history and physicals for adults 15 years of age and older may be scheduled at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC) by calling Schedule First at (443)843-7000 to arrange for an appointment. The pre-surgical history and physical will need to be completed no more than thirty (30) days and no less than seven (7) days prior to your surgery.

  • Depending on your medical history, you may be required to have a Pre-Surgical Cardiac Clearance or Pulmonary Evaluation. Please inform your family doctor or the physician completing your history and physical about any cardiac or pulmonary history you may have.

  • Blood work, EKG (electrocardiogram), and/or Chest X-ray may also be required. Your Surgeon and family doctor will order the appropriate tests for your surgery based upon your surgical procedure. You will need to make an appointment to have the required pre-surgical tests. Your insurance should be reviewed to determine where you have the best coverage for your pre-surgical testing. If your insurance coverage allows, testing may be completed through Upper Chesapeake Pre-Surgical Services Departments. If you would like to schedule an appointment in one of our Pre-Surgical Services Departments, please call ScheduleFirst at (443) 843-7000; Monday-Friday 8a.m.-4p.m.

  • Please see the brochure, Preparing for Your Surgery, for further details.
The history and physical and pre-surgical test results must be available seven (7) days prior to the procedure. Please schedule your evaluation to allow for this time frame.

On the day of your Pre-Surgical Testing visit:

  • Please dress comfortably.
  • Bring the written reports of all pre-operative studies/tests if completed at a facility other than UM HMH or UM UCMC.
  • Bring your insurance information, including ID card and forms that are necessary to register with the Admitting Office.
  • Bring your medications in their original containers for the nurse to record on your database.

In preparation for your Pre-Surgical Testing health assessment, we will ask you to complete some information.

Your Surgical Experience

If you are having general anesthesia
Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after the time given to you by your physician or the surgical team nurse.

If you are having local anesthesia
Ask your physician for specific instructions regarding diet restrictions or if pre-operative tests or assessments are needed.

Bring your medications with you
Bring all medications with you in their original containers. This includes any herbal remedies that you take routinely. Please ask the physician if you should take your routine medications (insulin, blood pressure pills or heart medicine) on the day of surgery.

Exercise your lungs
As a part of your education process, practice taking deep breaths and coughing to exercise your lungs prior to your surgery date.

If you become ill before surgery
Notify your physician before your surgery date if you develop any signs of illness such as fever, sore throat, infection, difficulty breathing or chest pain.

If you must cancel your surgery
Notify your surgeon’s office immediately.

Children
Please do not bring sick or unsupervised children with you on the day of surgery.

Day Of Surgery Instructions

Before You Arrive

  • Wear clothing that is loose fitting and comfortable. Flat slip-on shoes are a great idea. Please leave jewelry and other valuables at home. Do not wear makeup, fingernail or toenail polish or contact lenses.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, unless instructed otherwise by your physician.
  • Do not smoke after midnight.
  • Please bring your insurance forms and cards with you.
  • If you have Advance Directives, please bring them with you.

Checking In
Please be prompt and arrive at the scheduled time you have been given.

Your Assessment
A physical assessment will be done by a nurse upon your arrival.  She will verify your medical history, explain procedures and answer your questions as you prepare for surgery. Your family may remain with you during this time.

Going Home After Surgery

After Surgery
You must have a responsible adult drive you home after recovery from general anesthesia or sedation.

Discharge

  • Your physician will give you written instructions. Be sure that you understand and follow them.
  • A nurse will review these instructions with you before you leave the facility. At this time, he/she will answer any questions or concerns that you might express.
  • Have all prescriptions filled promptly and take them according to directions.

Caring For Yourself At Home

  • You may be drowsy for up to 24 hours.
  • Plan to rest quietly at home. Restrict your activities.
  • DO NOT go up and down stairs alone.
  • DO NOT smoke if you are alone.
  • DO NOT drive.
  • DO NOT make an appointment or important decisions until the day after the surgery.

Follow-Up

  • Within three days following your surgery, a surgical team nurse will contact you by phone to assess your recovery.

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