The Pre-Admission Testing Center (PATC)
is a unique unit that is dedicated to meeting the concerns of our pre-operative patients and their families. A visit to the PATC gives each patient having surgery at Hartford Hospital, the opportunity to incorporate all registration, testing, health history reviews and teaching into one visit.
Appointments are made at the patients convenience. They can be scheduled to coordinate with other office visits, blood donation or testing needed.
Services provided by the Pre-Admission Testing Center include:
- Blood Drawing (phlebotomy)
- EKG studies
- Health history screening
- Peri-Operative teaching by a registered nurse
- Anesthesia screening
- Discharge planning
- Coordination of specific ancillary services on an individual basis
Phone interviews are used for those not coming to the PATC. PATC staff makes calls to patients within a few days of scheduled surgery. Calls include health screening and peri-operative teaching.
We will validate parking for the day of your visit to the PATC. You must however, park in the Seymour Street or Retreat Avenue parking garages.
Testing should be completed at least 2 days, but not more than 30 days before scheduled surgery.
Call (860) 545-2334 to make an appointment for pre-admission testing. We are open Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., excluding holidays. Plan to spend between 30 to 90 minutes at the PATC depending on the complexity of the case and number of services needed. Walk-in’s are also welcome during regular hours. A representative from patient registration will meet with you to answer any insurance related questions.
When calling to make an appointment please know:
- Your doctor's name
- The procedure you're scheduled for
- The date of your procedure
- What services may be needed; such as:
- An anesthesia consult
- A health screening (EKG, blood work, etc.)
- The Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery
Registration and Financial Review
The people in the patient registration office will review and verify personal information, such as: your social security number, address and insurance data. They will register you for all testing and/or admissions in one sitting. This will prevent waiting and delays when multiple services are needed at the hospital. Once this process is complete, patients can go directly to their room on the day of admission and by-pass the Admitting Office.
Those using the phone interview process will also speak with the patient registration office, and personal information will be verified over the phone. They will also be able to answer any questions about insurance coverage and pre-approval. Insurance authorization papers will be prepared and ready to sign on the day of arrival, again avoiding delays on the day of admission.