Before you arrive
Medications from home: Your doctor will decide which medications you should continue while hospitalized
and our pharmacy will supply you with all of your medications. All medications
brought into the hospital will be sent home with a relative or a friend.
If that is not possible, the medications will be placed in storage in
the hospital pharmacy until you are discharged.
Valuables: We urge you NOT to bring any valuables with you - if that was not possible,
please send your items of value home with a relative or friend. Valuables
such as credit cards, money or jewelry can be locked in a safe by notifying
your nurse. Lehigh Regional Medical Center will not be responsible for
loss or damage of any personal property while you are in the hospital
or on hospital property.
Living Will (Advance Directive): A Living Will (or Declaration) is a statement of your wishes regarding
the use of life-prolonging treatment if you are in a terminal condition
and are unable to speak for yourself. To obtain a Living Will or for more
information, speak with your nurse.
When you arrive
Your Room: Your physician has arranged for your admission. Our policy is to admit
patients, assign accommodations and provide treatment without regard to
race, national origin or religious creed. Your room is designed to support
your care as well as your convenience and safety. We make every effort
to provide you with the accommodations you request, however, if such accommodations
are not available, your care will not be compromised in another accommodation type.
All rooms have easily adjustable electric beds. Push-buttons in the siderails
regulate bed height and raise and lower the head and knee areas. Your
nurse will demonstrate the use of the controls for the bed and light cord.
If you wish further instruction or are unable to use the controls, please
let your nurse know. The bedrails are for your protection - they may be
raised when you are resting and/or if you have undergone surgery, other
procedures and/or are taking certain medications. If you need them lowered
for you, please call a nurse - do not attempt to leave your bed without
assistance from the nursing staff.
Every effort is made to make sure that everything in your room is in proper
working order and that you are comfortable. If you experience any problems
with your room or equipment in it (lights, TV, shower, air conditioning,
bed, etc.), please notify your nurse.
Food and Beverages: Your physician has prescribed a diet plan especially for you. You may
be on a special or a "restricted" diet. Additionally, before
certain test and procedures, you may not be allowed to eat or drink for
a period of time. Unless you are on a liquid or pureed diet, you will
receive a menu on your breakfast tray each morning from which to select
your meals for the next day. You can also speak to the diet office by
calling extension 4552. Additionally, if you would like to talk to a dietitian,
let your nurse know. Meal trays are delivered at the following approximate
time unless otherwise ordered by the physician:
- Breakfast - 8 a.m.
- Lunch - 12 noon
- Dinner - 5 p.m.
If you need a snack in between meals, please talk with your nurse.
The Cafeteria at Lehigh Regional Medical center is located on the first
floor. Regular cafeteria hours are:
- Breakfast - 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
- Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
In addition, coffee and soda are available during visiting hours to family
members of patients in the emergency deparment or in surgery. Vending
machines with sandwiches, snacks, sweets, milk, and soft drinks are accessible
24 hours a day seven days a week in the Cafeteria.
Discharge Planning: Your doctor is responsible for determining your discharge date. Case Management
will meet with patient and family prior to discharge to coordinate discharge
needs. Please let your nurse know when you are ready to leave. For your
safety, our staff will provide a wheelchair transport to the lobby exit.
Before you go, be sure to gather all your personal belongings. Remember
to ask for any valuables you may have left in our safekeeping during your stay.