A Patient’s Guide to Clinic Stay

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Introduction

If your doctor decides you need medical treatment that will require a stay in a Clinic, this guide provides information and questions to help you prepare.

Before going into the Clinic ask your doctor to explain your condition and the treatment you will receive. Ask if there are other choices of treatment available. You can also request a second opinion from another doctor, or you may be referred to a specialist.

Ask the doctor for information about your condition and treatment which can help you know what to expect and how best to help in your healing.

Plan for your Clinic stay and recovery before you go into the Clinic by arranging for childcare, pets, plants, transportation home, and, if needed, home health care or rehabilitation.

Following are personal items you may want to bring with you to the Clinic: toiletries (hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, etc.); a robe, nightgown and slippers; reading material; and other things to occupy your time. Some of these items may be provided by the Clinic.

Do not take jewelry or other valuables.

You may like to read the visitor’s manual on guide to visiting patients of the Clinic.

 

Some Questions You May Want to Ask the Doctor

Is there preparation I need to do before coming to the Clinic?

Do I need to stop or change any of my medications before being confined?

Are there alternative treatments?

What can I expect once I arrive at the Clinic?

How long do you think I will be in the Clinic?