What to Know
We also want you to be ready for your visit. Below you’ll find helpful information about how to prepare for your upcoming appointment.
Hospital Preparation: What to Know Before You Go
Hospital visits can often feel like a trek into the unknown. Whether you are scheduled for a routine checkup, a surgical procedure, or a visit to see a loved one, preparation is key to ensuring your hospital visit goes as smoothly as possible.
We want your time spent at East Adams Rural Healthcare to be a positive and productive experience for every patient we see.
Below are some helpful tips to help you prepare for your hospital visit and what to know before you go.
If you are bringing a child to the hospital for an appointment, pack a bag with their favorite toys and books, as well as a blanket. Also, please bring a copy of their birth certificate and insurance card.
Hospital visits can be stressful and emotionally challenging — both for you and your loved ones. It’s normal to feel anxious or scared before your visit. Speaking with a counselor or therapist at East Adams Rural Healthcare can help manage these feelings.
Your medical history should include any previous surgeries, ongoing medical conditions, allergies, and family history of diseases. This information can help healthcare providers make informed decisions about your treatment.
Knowing and providing accurate information about the medications (including the dosage and frequency) you are currently taking is vital. This includes prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, as they can interact with medications or treatments you receive at the hospital.
Making an appointment is courteous and ensures that you get the medical attention you need when you need it. Keep in mind that some procedures may require you to have someone drive you home afterward, so consider this when making your appointment.
If your visit involves an overnight stay or longer, packing smartly is essential. Pack comfortable clothing and personal items like toiletries and reading material. Remember essential items like eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures, and chargers for any devices you may need.
Hospital visits can be costly, especially if you require specialized care or surgery. Being familiar with your health insurance coverage can help alleviate some of this financial stress. If you are unsure, please ask! Our care coordinators are happy to answer any questions and put your mind at ease.
The first step in preparing for your hospital visit is understanding why you are going. Are you going for an outpatient procedure, an inpatient stay, or just a routine appointment? The reason for your visit determines the preparations you need to make.