Preparing for Your Appointment

Tips for preparing for your clinic appointment

  • Bring all prescription and over-the-counter medications that you’re taking.
  • Bring your insurance or Medicare card in case we need to update your file. This will ensure accurate information for insurance filing.
  • If your insurance requires a co-pay, please have your checkbook or payment with you to take care of this at the time of service.
  • Please alert the registration staff to any changes in your telephone number or emergency contacts in case we would need to follow up with you after your appointment.
  • Write down your list of questions and concerns because you may not remember to ask everything during your appointment. If you have questions prepared in advance, you’re sure to leave with the information you need.

 

Tips for preparing for your hospital stay

Depending on the reason for your hospitalization, you may receive special instructions about how to prepare. Below are general guidelines for a hospital stay.

Things to bring:

  • Robe and slippers
  • Personal care items such as a comb, brush, razor, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Your Medicare and/or insurance card
  • All of the medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements remedies.

 What to leave at home:

  • Valuables: jewelry, billfold, purse, credit cards, cash, etc. Please note: We recommend that you leave all valuables at home. However, if you do bring a valuable item, please allow staff to store valuables in a secure location for you.

Other tips:

Put yourself and your health first. Decide what to tell family and friends about visiting you during your stay. People who are hospitalized need quiet, restful time to heal. If you would prefer that some of your family members and friends wait to visit you after you’re out of the hospital, share your wishes and let them know that their company will be appreciated when you’re back at home and feeling better.

Winona Health has designated Quiet Time from 2 – 4 p.m. every afternoon. Visitors are not allowed on the medical floors during those hours except under special circumstances. With appropriate time for rest, family involvement may enhance the recovery process, so with the exception of Quiet Time, visiting hours are dependent upon each patient’s specific wishes and needs. Please check with someone on the nursing team if you have questions about visiting a patient, as his/her care is our number one priority.

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