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NorthBay Health is committed to providing the best experience possible for our patients and their loved ones. On this page you will find some tips and information to make your stay in our hospitals more comfortable.

Here's more general information about getting ready for surgery.

Bring What You Need 

You may wish to bring these items with you:

  • Personal toiletries, such as shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrush
  • Pajamas, bathrobe and slippers or socks
  • A list with names, doses, and schedules of all medications you take on a routine basis.  While you are in the hospital do NOT take any of you own medications unless directed by your doctor.
  • Glasses, dentures, hearing aid, or other assistive devices you may need.

If possible, please label these and other personal items with your name.

Leave These at Home

  • Jewelry or other valuables
  • A lot of money or extra credit cards
  • Hair dryer, electric shaver, or other electrical appliances (If you need assistance shaving, ask your nurse or another patient care staff member.)

Planning Ahead for Your Discharge

If you need help at home or care at a specialized facility, such as a physical rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facility after your hospitalization, your NorthBay care team will help you make arrangements. Be sure to discuss any concerns you have about your discharge with your doctor or nurse. We encourage your family to get involved in planning for your discharge it helps you get ready to leave the hospital.

Creating an Advance Directive

You have the right to make informed decisions about your health care, including the right to refuse treatment offered to you. You may also give directions, in advance, about your wishes for health care should the time come when you cannot communicate your wishes to others.

If you have an advance directive, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care, please bring it with you at the time of admission or surgery. If you do not have an advance directive and wish to create one, please inform your nurse and ask them for help.

Click here to download the form.