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What to Bring with You to the Hospital

Please bring the following with you to the hospital on your admission day:

  • A photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state ID
  • Your insurance/Medicare card and any required insurance forms
  • A list of prescription and nonprescription medications and vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements you’re taking, including the dosage and frequency; (please ask your physician beforehand if you should bring any of your medications to the hospital)
  • Copies of any advance directives about your health care that you’ve already completed
  • Names and phone numbers of family members or friends to contact in an emergency
  • Written list of past hospitalizations, illnesses, surgeries and allergies
  • Pajamas, robe and nonskid slippers
  • Personal toiletries such as shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, denture cream and face creams
  • Comb or brush
  • Comfortable clothes to wear home
  • No more than $10 in cash to purchase magazines, etc.
  • Assistive devices, such as walkers, crutches, canes, hearing aids or magnifying glasses labeled clearly with your name
  • If you wish, you may bring a cell phone, but please review the rules for using cell phones at UHS hospitals
  • If you wish, you may bring battery-operated items such as razors or radios; please review the information below about bringing small appliances to a UHS hospital
  • Maternity patients: bring suitable clothing for taking your infant home

Please don’t bring the following with you to the hospital:

  • Valuables such as cash, jewelry, credit cards and checkbooks
  • Your medications, unless requested by your physician or nurse
  • Visitors may not enter any UHS facility with a weapon of any kind. Local law enforcement will be notified if the visitor refuses to comply.

A note about bringing electrical appliances from home:

  • UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Binghamton General Hospital does not allow you to bring any electrical appliances to your hospital room that must be plugged in. This includes, in particular, anything with an open heating element such as hair dryers, curling irons and heating pads.
  • UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital allows you to bring small electrical appliances such as a hair dryer, electric razor, tape or CD player, or portable clock to their room.
  • UHS Delaware Valley Hospital allows you to bring small appliances such as those listed above with you, but they must be checked by a member of staff prior to their use. Please speak with your nurse.

Note: The hospital can’t assume responsibility for valuables kept in your room or lost or broken dentures, eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc., unless the hospital is clearly responsible for the damage.