What to Bring
If You are the Patient
For ambulatory (same-day) surgery, a medical procedure, or for a longer
stay we advise you to:
- Wear loose fitting clothes.
- Bring your eyeglasses, hearing aid, or other assistive device if it will
make you feel more comfortable. You will be asked to remove your contact
lenses prior to your surgery.
- Bring toiletries if you will be staying overnight.
If Your Child is the Patient
Hospitals can intimidate children (and their parents). It is normal for
children (and sometimes adults) to be afraid and anxious. The following
may help make your child's hospital stay less stressful:
ASK: We encourage you and your child to ask questions at any time.
TALK: Listen to your child. Give your child permission to ask questions, to
cry, and to talk about feelings. Let your child know it is okay to be
afraid and to say something hurts. Share your feelings too. Keep your
child and family members up to date about what is happening. Information
helps create peace of mind. A member of the PMC healthcare team is always
nearby to help.
Things to Bring
- Toys, games, books, audio or videotapes and photographs.
- A favorite stuffed animal or blanket.
- Glasses, hearing aids, crutches, braces, corrective shoes or other orthopedic aids.
- A list of medications your child is taking.
- Schoolwork, if appropriate.