Anticipating Your Hospital Stay

Due to COVID-19 in our community, we continue to take extra steps to protect our patients, families, visitors, and staff. Learn what to expect when you come to see us.

Getting ready for a hospital stay can seem a little scary if you don't know what to expect. Your doctor is your best resource when it comes to questions about your condition and the medical procedures you may experience. If you have questions about your care once you arrive at the hospital, please ask your nurse or other caregiver and we will assist you in getting those questions answered.

The hospital routine is likely to be quite different from what you're used to. To help you feel more at ease about your hospital stay, an admissions representative will call you at home ahead of time to let you know what to expect, and, if you are scheduled for tests, will tell you where you need to go and when you should plan to arrive. The information contained on these web pages will help you with many of your other questions, or you may call Registration at 973-8050 for more information.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has both semi-private and private patient rooms. Exceptional care is given in both care settings; however, patients with a medical reason for a private room are given first priority. Should your accommodations not meet your expectations, please speak with your nurse or nurse manager so we have the opportunity to address.    

Parking and Registration
Upon arrival at the hospital, you may be dropped off and picked up at the Main Entrance. To keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 response, we are not able to provide valet parking at this time, however we are offering a shuttle between the Webber West outdoor parking area and the Main Entrance.

At Registration, a representative will review your medical information with you before we escort you to your room. Please bring any insurance cards, forms, and policy numbers with you.

Pre-Admission Testing (PAT)
If you need tests performed before your hospital stay, our admissions representative will let you know when you should come in for those tests.

We look at pre-admission testing as an opportunity not just for testing, but also for teaching. Your PAT visit is a good opportunity to ask questions about your upcoming procedure.