Patients and Visitors
What to Bring to the Hospital
Important Paperwork Checklist
Patients and/or a member of the family or support system should bring the following information on the day of admission. This will help the admissions process go smoothly.
- Complete list of prescription and over-the-counter medications the patient is currently taking
- Reports from the patient’s physician(s)
- Medical insurance information, including insurance cards, pre-certification, and other documentation required by the patient’s insurer
- Government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport
- Telephone numbers of immediate support person/support system to call, if necessary
- Copies of advance directives, such as a health care proxy or living will
For Your Comfort Checklist
A limited amount of casual, washable clothing is advised. All clothing should be marked with the patient’s name. We recommend bringing:
- Pants, dresses or skirts, shirts
- Underwear, socks, T-shirts
- Sweater or sweatshirt (Please remove all cords.)
- Jacket, coat
- Sneakers (no shoe laces)
You may also bring:
- Eyeglasses or contact lenses
- Toiletries, such as safety razors and shaving cream, are available on each unit.
While every effort is made to safeguard clothing and other property, the hospital cannot assume responsibility for lost or damaged personal items.
Gracie Square Hospital cannot assume responsibility for the loss of money, jewelry, or any other personal property kept in your room. Please do not bring valuables to the hospital. Cash and/or articles considered valuable must be kept with the cashier or in a hospital safe. The property clerk will explain the procedure to you during admission. After discharge, if personal property is not picked up it will be sent to the hospital’s post-discharge property storage area for safekeeping up to four months. Thereafter, property will be discarded accordingly.
Items Not Allowed on Patient Units
Not intended as a complete list, the following items are not allowed on patient units.
- All recording devices, any electronic that has the ability to record or photograph
- Aerosol and soda cans
- Belts, cords, ropes, straps, electric cords, and clothing with cord or strings (i.e., hoodie with string, sweatpants, or yoga pants, with strings)
- Cigarettes, matches, lighters, tobacco, and any other smoking material
- Wire hangers
- CPAP machine and insulin pumps
- Electric items, such as a laptop, iPad, cell phone, electric razor, electric reader, hair dryer
- Food, unless permitted by the unit’s policy
- Glass bottles and mirrors
- Keys, credit/debit cards, ID card and licenses
- Medications/drugs of any type (over-the-counter and prescription)
- Pencils and pens other than “safety” pens and non-toxic markers provided by the hospital
- Plastic bags
- Pins (straight and safety)
- Sharps (i.e., tweezers, nail file, nail clipper, sewing needle, scissors, knitting needles, crochet hooks) Note: A patient’s own tweezers, nail clippers, or crochet hook may at times be part of the unit sharp count and signed out by patient for use if deemed clinically appropriate.
- Toxic liquids
- Weapons of any kind
When you come to the hospital, you should bring a list of all the medications you currently take. This list should include all of your prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as any vitamins or herbal supplements you are taking.
The doctor or nurse should be advised of any allergies the patient may have, especially to medications and food, and/or to other substances.