What TO Bring/What NOT to Bring

If you’re preparing for a hospital visit, rest assured that most of your basic needs will already be taken care of, including food, hospital gowns and toiletries. Here we’ve put together a short list of essentials you need to bring with you, as well as recommendations for items you should definitely leave at home.

What to bring to the hospital

  • A complete list of all medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements
  • Lab and/or X-ray results completed recently at another facility
  • A case for glasses, contacts or dentures
  • Insurance card
  • Valid ID
  • Form of payment
  • A copy of your Advance Directives (ex: Living Will, Power of Attorney)
  • For overnight stays, sleepwear, footwear and other personal items you may need

What not to bring to the hospital

  • Valuables, such as jewelry(wedding ring) or money
  • Electronic devices, including cell phones, TVs and radios
  • Cigarettes, alcohol or illegal drugs
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