Tip: What patients should bring to the hospital

When first hospitalized, you or your relative should bring:

All of your medications you are currently on.  Bring the bottles, or at least bring a list on paper of all the medications you are currently taking.  The list should include the doses, the time taken, and the manner in which the medication is taken.  It’s a good idea to always walk with the list of medications in your purse or wallet and to have another person be aware of where the list is.

If you are allergic to latex, or have any other allergies, please inform your nurse or doctor.

If you have a history of constipation, or haven’t had a bowel movement in a few days, let your nurse know.

If you have any special dietary needs let your nurse know.  As well, arrange to have your loved one bring in certain foods, because hospital diets usually cannot accommodate special diets in a palatable way.

Also important for a more comfortable stay:

  1. A toothbrush
  2. Your favourite body wash
  3. A razor/electric razor and the charger (if you use one)
  4. Your mobile phone and/or ipad (or other tablet) and the chargers
  5. A small radio or other device if you like to listen to the news, sports, music, or prayer songs
  6. A comb or brush
  7. A small note pad to take down important information the doctors and nurses will be telling you

This is not a complete list by any means.  If anyone has any other suggestions on what to bring, leave them in the comments section.