Patients

Your Hospital Stay

Your physician, who is a member of the Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital medical staff, has requested your admission to the hospital. When you enter the hospital, for your convenience you may directly report to the appropriate nursing floor as directed by your physician. A business services representative will come to your bedside to help expedite your admissions process. This information is necessary for your care and we appreciate your help in answering the questions.

We admit emergency patients at any hour of the day or night.

What to Bring

  • Nightgown or pajamas
  • Nonskid slippers
  • A robe
  • Toiletry articles

The hospital provides everything else required for a comfortable stay.

We strongly urge you to leave valuables at home or send them home with a relative. The hospital cannot assume responsibility for the loss of money, jewelry or other property you keep in your room.

Consent

If you have surgery or other procedures planned, the hospital will ask you to give your written consent prior to the procedure. In the case of a minor, the hospital will ask for written permission from a parent or guardian. If you have any questions, please be sure to discuss them with your doctor.

Discharge

Checkout time is 11 a.m. Your doctor will arrange your discharge with your nurse who will then help you with your preparation to leave.

Checking Out

Before checking out, the patient or responsible party must visit the cashier to make payment or arrangements to settle the account. The cashier's office is located behind the information desk in the main lobby in the hospital.

Please ask the person who is going to drive you home to park in the visitors' lot at the south end of the hospital. After you have completed the discharge procedure, your driver may pick you up at either the front entrance of the hospital or the outpatient entrance. A staff member will escort you to the entrance and help you get in the car.

Case Management

Your case manager can help you plan for your discharge. This includes arrangements for:

  • Home care
  • Home health nurses, aides and therapists to visit you after hospitalization and provide services
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Home equipment such as a wheelchair, hospital bed or oxygen

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