Preparing for your Inpatient Procedure
At STEGH, patient care is our top priority. We want to ensure that every stay is as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We know that preparing for a visitor or stay at any hospital can be worrisome so we hope this section helps prepare every patient for what they can expect at their stay and the services available throughout their stay.
What to Bring
When preparing for an overnight or extended stay at the hospital, bringing personal items from home can help make a patient's stay more comfortable. Please consult the lists below to identify what to, and not to, bring for a stay.
Things to Bring
- Personal toiletry items: (may include)
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Unscented deodorant
- Shaving equipment
- Pyjamas or night gown, bathrobe & non-slip slippers or shoes
- Health Card (OHIP)
- Current prescriptions and non-prescription (vitamins, supplements and herbals):
- Include a list of recent medications from your pharmacy
- Please bring medication in their original containers
- Please remember that medications prescribed and approved for use at the hospital will be supplied while in hospital
- Any medications not approved from home (eye drops, ointments, cream, pills, inhalers) should not be taken unless approved by your doctor in hospital
- Care Wish (ie: Advanced Directives for Personal Care, living will etc.)
- Power of Attorney documents (if applicable)
- Supplementary insurance information (if you have extra coverage)
Personal Items to Leave at Home
- Scented personal care products (may include):
- - Scented deodorants
- - Perfumes
- - After-shave lotions
- Important papers or documents you don’t want to lose
- Jewelry, cash and expensive clothing
- Alcoholic beverages
- Other valuables (Laptops, tablets, cell phones)
* Valuables should be sent home with a family member. If this is not possible, they can be locked in the Business Office (1st floor) and picked up at discharge.
Smoke Free Property
The Hospital is a 100% smoke free environment. Anyone wishing to smoke is required to leave Hospital property. The property line is defined as city maintained sidewalks or beyond the tree line should there be no sidewalk. Patients requiring assistance to leave the property to smoke will require a family member to assist them. Our goal is to support patients and assist them in refraining from smoking while a guest at the hospital. Patients are encouraged to discuss smoking alternatives with their treatment providers, so they should not have to leave the property to smoke. If a patient is deemed capable of leaving the property to smoke and wishes to continue smoking while under our care, they will be required to sign in/out of the unit as per current unit protocol.
Home First is a comprehensive approach to providing patient/client care that recognizes the importance of collaboration to allow all patients to be discharged home safely when you/they are no longer in need of hospital services. When the patient enters the hospital, all members of the healthcare team including, doctors, nurses, allied health members and Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) staff members in collaboration with you and/or your family will work together to get you or your family member home upon discharge. This is all about ensuring that the right person receives the right care in the right place and is part of an overall strategy in the South West LHIN to improve Access to Care. Home First reduces the pressure of patients waiting for Long Term Care Homes in the hospital.
Your care is delivered by a skilled and dedicated health care team, using advanced equipment and techniques, and when you need hospital care, it’s definitely the right place to be. For patients who do not require an acute level of care, the hospital environment is not an ideal place due to the risk of infection, falls, and lack of mobility, that present significant risks to recovery.
Even if you feel that you or your family member will not be able to remain at home, your CCAC Case Manager will work with you through the process of transitioning from home to another setting if required. However, Home First allows you to make these decisions from your home with your friends and family participating in your care.
For more infomratin on Home First, visit the South West LHIN website.
Transportation When You Are Leaving:
When it’s time for you to leave the hospital it’s the responsibility of you and/or your family to make sure transportation arrangements have already been made. Transportation is not provided by the hospital and the hospital does not pay for transportation when someone leaves the hospital.
Please be sure to plan ahead and decide who will be available to take you to where you need to go when you need to leave.
Let your health care team know if your driver is likely to change depending on the day and time you leave.
If you will need to use and pay for a taxi, wheelchair or stretcher vehicle, staff can give you a list of available companies. We recommend you always seek a quote when making arrangements
- Standard Ward: 3 or 4 beds per room (covered by OHIP)
- Semi-private: 2 beds per room (not covered by OHIP)
- Private: 1 bed per room (not covered by OHIP)
There will be an extra charge for private and semi-private rooms if the patient's personal insurance plan does not pay for them. We recommend all patients call their insurance company for information. On the Pre-registration Form patients may include which kind of room you would like. We will do our best to accommodate each patients preference, but it is not always possible to know in advance, what room will be available the day a patient will be admitted. To change a room type, please call Central Registry at Ext. 2131.