Preparing for an Inpatient Hospital Visit

Preparing for an Inpatient Hospital Visit

Patients planning a hospital stay can prepare early to help make the process convenient and efficient. Below is a list of items to bring with you to the hospital and items that are best to leave at home:

What to Bring

  • Health insurance card

  • Prescription insurance card

  • Personal identification with photo

  • HMO/PPO referral forms or letter of authorization (if required)

  • Medical records, X-ray films, or prior test results from other providers

  • All medications you currently are taking, in their original containers

  • A prepaid phone card for long distance calls if you do not have a cell phone

  • Essential personal items, such as glasses, dentures, hearing aids or walker, etc.

  • Personal hygiene items such as comb/brush, deodorant, toothbrush, etc.

  • Clothing to wear while in the hospital and at discharge

  • Reading and writing materials

  • Cash or coins for newspapers, gift shop and other items. It is strongly suggested that you not bring large amounts of cash with you to the hospital. 

What Not to Bring

  • Credit cards

  • Jewelry

  • Valuables

  • Large amounts of cash

Floyd cannot take responsibility for the loss of these items.

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