Your Hospital Visit

We would like for your stay at the hospital to go as smoothly as possible, from registration to discharge. The following information should help inform you of important details about your visit with us.

Your Arrival and Registration

When you arrive at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, for your convenience you may pull up to the front of the hospital main entrance. We offer daily valet parking for your convenience, or you are welcome to park in the parking lots.

In the lobby, one of our concierge desk attendants will direct you as to where you should check in for your scheduled visit. We will make every effort to contact you prior to your scheduled visit to pre-register you in advance of your surgery.

Important information to have at registration includes:

  • A photo ID.
  • Your insurance information.
  • Emergency contact information.Your personal medicine list.
  • Your Advance Medical Directive.

While You Are Here

During your stay, we will make every effort to make you comfortable. From your spiritual care to your nutrition, we want you to feel welcome.

Your Rights as a Patient

We feel that all patients should be aware of their rights while in our care. Please be aware of those rights.

Having your friends and family around you is important to the healing process. View visiting hours at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

Your Nutrition
Your physician will inform us of any dietary restrictions you may have based on the procedure or treatment you are having. If you have additional specific dietary restrictions or requests, please let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Spiritual Care
At Sentara, we know that care of the spirit cannot be separated from physical care. Our chaplains are happy to meet with you at your request, regardless of your religious affiliation.

Patient and Family Web Pages
Because we want you to be able to easily reach out to your family and friends during these times, we offer access to patient and family web pages. These free, easy-to-use pages are provided through, a non-profit Internet service. We offer free wireless access for those who wish to connect to the Internet.

Outpatient Pharmacy
The Potomac Center Pharmacy on the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center campus fills prescription medications for patients who have been discharged from the hospital or emergency department, as well as hospital staff and volunteers.

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