If You Are Staying Overnight

Before You Come to Beaufort Memorial

If you and your doctor plan for you to be admitted to our hospital, make sure you have your insurance card(s) and other information with you when you come.

Insurance pre-certification

Most insurance companies require pre-certification, or approval of admission before a scheduled hospital stay. It is our policy to contact your insurance company to verify benefits and to initiate our pre-certification requirements.

It is your responsibility to pre-certify your scheduled admission by contacting your insurance company before coming to the hospital. You can pre-certify emergency admissions by contacting your insurance company as soon as possible—usually within 24 hours.

What to bring

  • Your current medications to be recorded upon admission.
  • If you take any medicines regularly, you should put them in a bag and take it with you to the hospital.
  • The nurse needs to know which medicines you are on to make sure that you don’t have any harmful interactions with your new medicines.
  • As soon as your nurse makes a note of all your medicines, ask a family member or friend to take them back home.
  • The hospital pharmacy will provide all your medicine during your stay.
  • This gives added safety, and assures you receive what your doctor prescribes.
  • Emergency contact numbers.
  • Copies of advance directives/living wills.
  • Bedroom slippers.
  • Your own pillow.
  • Pen & notepad.
  • Books, crossword puzzles or needlework.
  • Toiletry items & cosmetics.
  • Comfortable pajamas or gowns.*

*You can’t always wear them right away, but, once you’re able to, you may be more comfortable in your own clothes.

What NOT to bring

While you are a patient at BMH, we are responsible for your medical care. But, hospitals are busy, public places. With that in mind, there are some things that are best left at home.

  • Everything you take while you are in the hospital must be recorded in your medical chart, so we will provide all your medications. Once your medications have been recorded, send them home. That includes aspirin and other over-the-counter products.
  • Credit cards and cash.
  • Other valuables, such as diamond rings & watches.
  • Electronic equipment, such as hair dryers, radios, iPads, and cell phones. If you must bring such equipment, ask to have them checked out for safety by the hospital’s engineering department.

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