What to Bring/What not to Bring
These lists are designed to help you prepare for your hospital stay. Should you have additional needs or require special services during your stay, please contact our patient services representative or the nursing supervisor on your floor.
What to bring
- Your health insurance card
- All insurance forms or pre-authorization paperwork
- A valid form of ID, like a driver’s license or passport
- Advance Directive document, if you have one
- List of medications you are taking, including dosage and directions (not the medications themselves)
- Personal items, like a toothbrush, comb, eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.
- Comfortable clothing for arrival and discharge
- Magazine, books, writing paper or other items you may want during your stay
- No more than $20 in cash for incidental gift shop items
- Credit card number and expiration date, but not the card itself
- Calling card number if you plan on making long distance calls; local calls are free
What not to bring
- Credit cards
- Jewelry or other valuables
- More than $20 in cash
- Medications from home
St. Francis Medical Center cannot be responsible for valuables brought to our hospital. Should you inadvertently bring a valuable item with you, we recommend that you give it to a family member or friend to take home with them or ask the Admitting Representative to store them in the hospital safe located in the Admitting Department. You will receive a receipt for items stored in our safe so that you may reclaim your items upon discharge.
About your lab work
If you’ve had lab work done within the past 30 days, provide us with the date of the lab work and where it was performed. On the day of your surgery, your physician may ask for additional tests. If those are needed, your anesthesiologist and surgeon may ask you questions regarding your health history.
Minors and guardianship
If the patient is a minor or an adult unable to sign for himself or herself, bring proof of guardianship or medical power of attorney. A parent or guardian must accompany a minor.
Even for day surgery, it’s important to be prepared and know what to do and not to do before the procedure. To make your surgery as comfortable as possible, please review the following helpful tips.
Your surgery to-do list
- Check in to the hospital two hours prior to your scheduled surgery time or as directed by your doctor.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing that you can easily put on after surgery.
- Have a family member or friend drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours.
- If the patient is a child, bring a comfort item like a blanket or toy, and be sure two adults are available at discharge – one to drive and another to supervise.
- Bring a copy of your Advance Directives if available.
Please avoid the following
- Eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before surgery
- Wearing makeup, lotion, cologne or perfume
- Wearing jewelry or valuables, including wedding rings