It is important to learn about the Do's and Don'ts of a hospital visit.
Confirm your appointment a day prior to your visit.
Inpatients should bring a complete list of all medications you are taking(prescription and non-prescription) including eye drops, inhalers and supplements. You may also carry these bottles and containers with you to your first appointment, if needed.
Carry pertinent medical information and X-rays.
Bring your health insurance card and written authorisation of referral from your insurance provider.
If you have a living will or advance directive, you should carry it with you.
Provide the hospital with a list of emergency names and phone numbers.
Wear comfortable clothing and footwear, you may also carry something to keep you warm.
Remember your registration number, if you have been given one.
If you are visiting the hospital for an outpatient procedure, arrange for a responsible adult to take you home; you will not be allowed to drive after receiving sedatives or general anaesthesia
Always ask questions.
Do not carry jewellery or any valuables with you.
Do not smoke in and around the hospital premises.
Do not dress in formal attire, an exercise or treadmill test may be part of your evaluation.
Do not carry large amounts of cash with you.
Do not bring video cameras or other recording devices into the hospital.