What to Bring, What to Leave at Home

What to Bring

While most of the things you will need when in the hospital are provided you may want to consider bringing toiletries and comfortable clothes with you to help make your stay more comfortable.

  • Insurance
    Don't forget to bring your insurance card with you to the hospital. Also, you should notify your insurance company of your plans for hospitalization.
     
  • List of Medications
    Please bring a list of your current medications, the dosages and times you take them. Do not bring your medications with you. You can use this printable medication and allergy form to document your medications and bring it with you to the hospital.
     
  • Advance Directives
    Virginia Mason supports each patient's rights to determine his or her care. Upon admission, you will be provided a brochure with more information.

What to Leave at Home

  • Valuables
    Please don't bring valuables, such as credit cards, jewelry, wedding rings and large amounts of money, to the hospital. The hospital cannot assume responsibility for the safekeeping of these items. If you are coming to Virginia Mason for surgery, please remove all rings before leaving home, in case of swelling.
     
  • Medications
    Do not bring your medications with you to the hospital. Instead, bring a list of the medications, the dosages and times you take them.
     
  • Pets
    Pets are not permitted in the medical center. Service animals are permitted for persons with disabilities. Therapy animals can visit hospital patients when appropriate and pre-arranged. Please contact Volunteer Services to arrange for therapy animal visits.