The Ambulatory Surgery Unit (ASU) at Jamaica Hospital provides pre and post-surgical care to patients who do not require an overnight hospital stay. This service is also sometimes referred to as Same-Day Surgery.
The ASU team at Jamaica Hospital understands how stressful surgery can be – so to ease those tensions, we have made many enhancements, centering on creating a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere for our patients and their families. Improvements have been made to the visual appearance, spacing and ambiance of the Ambulatory Surgery Unit to promote overall patient satisfaction. Our nurses are trained with full holistic/relaxation techniques that will help to make your visit as comforting and therapeutic as possible.
The unit now features relaxation therapy music to promote a calm setting while awaiting surgical procedures. Upgrades such as rainbow walls with cathartic colors and light diffusers with serene images have also been added to soothe the anxiety of patients during visits and massage therapy is offered to alleviate any stress.
The Ambulatory Surgery Unit is reserved as a quiet zone for pre-operation patients to fill out paperwork as they wait to be seen. This area was designated to ensure patient privacy. Families and loved ones are invited to wait in a specially designated lounge located in the hospital lobby where they can receive regular updates on their loved one’s recovery. A separate pediatric area with a television, child-friendly movies and coloring books are available to families. In this area children now have the option to ride a tricycle into the operating area.
The unit now offers adjustable recliners in place of stretchers for patient comfort. There are up to seven recliners available to patients for pre and post-operation services. In our four-bed endoscopy unit, patients will be transported in stretcher-chairs before and after a procedure. These specially- designed chairs allow the flexibility to remain seated on the way to the operating room and then transitioning into a laying position.
Jamaica Hospital’s on-site Ambulatory Surgery Unit is located on the first floor of the hospital. The center is open Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 718-206-6102.