What can Patients Expect?
What can Visitors Expect?
From Pre-Op to Post-Op, what should Visitors expect?
Patient Information & Resources
Your doctor, or his/her partners, will direct your care while you are in the hospital. In some cases your doctor may make an arrangement with another group of doctors to assist with or manage your care. The doctors who see you while you are in the hospital will keep your regular doctor updated.
We keep a running total of all of the fluids that go into your body as well as those that leave your body. Please help us keep track of your output, including bowel movements. Male patients need to urinate (pass water) into a urinal and female patients need to urinate (pass water) in a specipan that rests inside the toilet.
We will offer you a bath daily. As we cannot assist every patient at the same time, we have developed a routine for providing baths on this unit. Patients in odd-numbered rooms will receive a bath between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. while patients in even-numbered rooms will receive a bath between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. If you have any special requests, please speak with your nurse or care manager. Showers may be taken if approved by your doctor.
Towels & Bed linens
You will be provided with clean towels and washcloths daily. Bed linens are changed as needed or upon request. On the day you are discharged from the hospital, linens may not be changed prior to your departure. Patients may not leave the floor without special permission from the doctor.
Learn more about meals and nutrition for patients
Special Consideration for Meals
Some tests require that a patient not eat or drink anything for several hours before the test. We will let you know if and when you are scheduled for any of these tests. Your meal will be held and served to you after the test is completed.
Guest meals are available at a charge of $5.00. Guest meals must be paid for with cash or check upon delivery of the tray.
Please be aware that it takes some time to obtain test results. Your doctor will provide your test results to you. Daily lab work is normally performed between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. This allows your doctor to review your lab reports early so that your treatment can be changed if needed. You may also have your vital signs and/or your weight checked early in the morning. Depending on your condition and your history, your physician may also decide to monitor your heart rhythm and oxygen level.
The phone number to your room is (803) 739-3 plus your three-digit room number.
To make a call, dial the number “9,” then the number you wish to call. Long-distance calls cannot be made without a calling card or credit card. If your family would like to call us from home, the phone number at the nurses’ station is (803) 936-7376.
Protecting your Privacy
Because we always need to protect your privacy, we will not give out information to anyone other than your immediate family. We will give one immediate family member a code. When calling the hospital to obtain information, the staff will only give information when the correct code is given.
Upon request, we can provide a list of discounted motels for families and friends who are visiting. Guest Services will deliver up to three DVDs to your room for your enjoyment. Simply ask a staff member or call Guest Services for a list of available movies. Guest Services can also provide you with information regarding advanced directives and living wills.
If your doctor thinks you may have special care or treatment needs once you leave the hospital, he will ask a social worker to talk with you about different options. Your doctor will let us know when you are ready to leave the hospital. He will also write specific orders regarding follow-up appointments, medicines to be taken at home, diet and activity level, and other instructions as needed. It may take one to three hours to finalize your paperwork. You may also call Discharge at (803) 791-2430.