Going to the hospital is somewhat like traveling to another country – the sights are unfamiliar and the people you meet there often speak a foreign language. No matter what the reason for the trip – whether it’s an overnight visit for a few tests or a longer stay for medical treatment or major surgery – nearly everyone worries about entering the hospital. Learning more about hospitals and the people who work there may help make your hospital stay less stressful.
The following hints are meant for people who plan to enter the hospital by choice rather than for those who go to the hospital because of an emergency. (Information about emergency care is at the end of this Age Page.) Relatives and friends of patients who are admitted to the hospital also may find this information useful.
What to Bring
It’s best to pack as little as you can. However, be sure to bring the following items:
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