Patient Responsibilities

As a patient at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, we expect that you:

  • Provide, to the best of your knowledge, accurate and complete information about present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications, and other matters relating to your health.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse what to expect regarding your pain management. Discuss pain relief options with your doctors and nurses. Work with your doctor and nurse to develop a pain management plan. Ask for relief when pain first begins. Tell your doctor or nurse if your pain is not relieved. Tell your doctor or nurse about any worries your have about taking pain medication.
  • The patient has the responsibility to report unexpected changes in his/her condition to the responsible practitioner.
  • A patient is responsible for reporting whether he/she clearly comprehends a contemplated course of action and what is expected of him/her.
  • A patient is responsible for following the treatment plan recommended by the practitioner primarily responsible for his/her care. This may include following the instructions of nurses and allied health personnel as they carry out the coordinated plan of care, implement the responsible practitioner’s orders, and enforce the applicable hospital rules and regulations.
  • The patient is responsible for keeping appointments and, when he is unable to do so for any reason, for notifying the responsible practitioner or the hospital.
  • A patient is responsible for his or her actions if he or she refuses treatment or does not follow the health care provider’s instructions.
  • A patient is responsible for assuring that the financial obligations of his or her health care are fulfilled as promptly as possible.
  • A patient is responsible for following health care facility rules and regulations affecting patient care and conduct.
  • A patient is responsible for reporting perceived risks in their care and to help the hospital improve by providing feedback about safety and service needs and expectations.
  • The patient is responsible for being considerate of the rights of other patients and hospital personnel and for assisting in the control of noise, and the number of visitors.
  • The patient is responsible for being respectful of the property of other persons and of the hospital.