What to Bring/What NOT to Bring

Our hospital bag checklist is designed to help you prepare for your stay at Doctors Medical Center with suggestions for what to bring and what to leave at home. If you’ll require special services or anything else while you’re here, 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, such as a driver’s license or passport
  • An Advance Directive document, if you have one
  • A list of prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking, including dosage and directions (not the medications themselves)
  • Personal items such as toothbrush, comb, eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.
  • Comfortable clothing for arrival and discharge
  • Magazine, books, writing paper or other items you might 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
  • Cigarettes or alcohol
  • Doctors Medical Center cannot be responsible for valuables brought to the hospital. If you bring a valuable item with you by mistake, we recommend that you give it to a family member or friend to take home with them. You can also ask the Admitting Representative to store it in a hospital safe. You will receive a receipt that allows you to reclaim your item(s) upon discharge.

About your lab work

If you’ve had lab work done within 30 days prior, please provide us with the date and where the lab work was performed. On the day of surgery, your physician may require additional tests. If additional test 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, please bring proof of guardianship or medical power of attorney. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Surgery day checklist

It’s important to be prepared and know what to do and not to do prior to your procedure. In order 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 you can easily put on after surgery
• Plan for a family or friend to drive you home from surgery and stay with you 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 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 rings