What to Bring

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This list is designed as a general guide to help you decide what you may need while in hospital.

  • Medications from Home: Patients are encouraged to bring all of their medications from home into hospital with them.  Medications that are to be brought in include:
    • "over the counter products"(e.g. vitamins and herbal products),
    • all prescription medications (blister packed medications,  vials from drug store, creams, ointments, patches, injections etc)

      Bringing your medications from home into the hospital with you allows your healthcare staff to accurately assess what medications you are taking at home and how you are taking them.  We use this information to determine if your medications may be contributing to the reason for your admission to hospital.  If some information is missing, we may contact other sources to ensure we have an accurate picture of your medication record at home (e.g. community pharmacies you deal with, your physician’s office, old charts, other caretakers)

      Pharmacy will allow you to use your own medications if they are not normally stocked by the hospital pharmacy.
  • A list of any known allergies and sensitivities
  • Your Nova Scotia Health Card
  • Private health insurance cards, for example: Maritime Medical Care or Blue Cross, Personal care items such as your toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant. Please remember, we offer a scent-free environment
  • Be sure to bring items that you require daily such as eye glasses, hearing aides, dentures, cane, braces or crutches
  • Sleepwear and housecoat
  • Slippers with non-slip soles
  • Magazines, a book, or something to occupy your time

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