Before a surgical procedure at our Parnassus hospital, your doctor will schedule an appointment for you at our Prepare Clinic, the anesthesia and surgical evaluation program. Prepare Clinic staff will ensure you're ready for surgery and that you complete the tests you need before your operation.
To plan for a smooth operation and recovery, you will be assessed by a doctor or nurse practitioner at the Prepare Clinic before your surgery. Depending on your health, this assessment will occur by phone or in person at the clinic.
You'll be asked to complete a brief, online questionnaire at www.ucprepare.org to help determine the type of appointment appropriate for you. If you or a member of your family can't complete the online questionnaire, please complete pages 18 and 19 of the pre-admission brochure "For Your Hospital Stay" before speaking with the Prepare nurse practitioner.
Your responses will be reviewed by a nurse practitioner to determine the type and length of appointment. The Prepare Clinic will contact you to select a convenient date and time for your assessment.
During your assessment, a nurse practitioner will review your health history, provide detailed instructions on how to manage your medications, and give you information about your anesthetic options.
Some medications require special consideration. For example, if you take an anticoalgulant or blood thinner such as warfarin or aspirin, you may be asked to stop taking these medications prior to surgery. If you have a heart stent or mechanical heart valve or if you've been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis or a blood clotting disorder, you'lll be asked to check with your doctor before you stop taking these medications/
If your surgeon requests laboratory or other diagnostic tests before surgery, the tests will be printed on the "After Visit Summary.” Your surgeon may give you printed requisition forms.
If you're seen in person in the Prepare Clinic, the tests will be performed during your appointment. If you're evaluated by phone, a member of the Prepare team will let you know when and where these studies can be performed. For many operations, blood tests, EKGs and chest X-rays are not needed.
Your health records will be reviewed by an anesthesiologist or nurse before surgery. If you have had any of the following tests performed outside of UCSF Medical Center, you or your doctor may be asked to fax the reports to the Prepare Clinic at (415) 353-8577 or scan and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible:
In addition, you or your doctors may be asked to provide clinic notes from:
Your surgeon's office will provide you with the location, date and time of your operation.
To contact the Prepare Clinic about your assessment, call (415) 353-1480.
You may drink up to one glass of water with your medications on the morning of surgery, but no other food or liquids should be consumed.
Please arrive at the hospital at the time indicated by your surgeon's office or the Prepare Clinic. When you arrive, please go to the pre-operative waiting room in M-104J on the first floor of the hospital, unless you have been told otherwise.
Prepare Program at Parnassus
505 Parnassus Ave., Suite L-171
San Francisco, CA 94143-0210
Phone: (415) 353-1480
Fax: (415) 353-8577
Hours: Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
We will provide instructions for your hospital admission, including where to check in and restrictions regarding what you may eat and drink before your operation.
On the day of your surgery, please arrive two hours prior to your scheduled procedure. You may be asked to complete additional forms on the day of your operation.
This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.
To help reduce anxiety, enjoy peace of mind and get answers to questions you might have about your pending surgery, join our Prepare for Surgery Workshop.
This free workshop is led by a team of UCSF experts from anesthesia, pain management and integrative medicine. Together, we will help you understand your options for anesthesia and pain management and teach you mind-body techniques to help you relax and achieve a state of mind conducive to healing.
People who participate in this workshop often:
Note: You are welcome to attend at any time, but the class is most helpful 2-3 weeks before surgery. If you are unable to attend, one-on-one pre-surgery preparation is available with Teresa Corrigan, RN, MA, CLYT.
Time: Two Mondays per month, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Location:1545 Divisadero St., 4th Floor, Room 424
Instructors: Teresa Corrigan and Brenda Watkins.
Registration/Info: Please call (415) 353-7718 or email.
This class is in collaboration with: UCSF Perioperative Services, Department of Anesthesia and Nursing
Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Medical Center is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.
Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Metered street parking is rarely available.
Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.
For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.
Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.
A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.
UCSF Medical Center is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:
For more information about Muni visit, www.sfmuni.com.
* Wheelchair accessible bus routes