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Plan Your Visit

We understand nothing beats sleeping in your own bed, but we'll do everything we can to make your stay with us comfortable. Whether you'll be with us for a quick appointment, an overnight visit or for several days, here are helpful hospital and at-home tips for a comfortable stay.
Cyril Allison, Security Officer, interacting with patient at Tufts Medical Center's Biewend crossover, 3rd floor corridor.

Staying overnight at the hospital

There are probably many ideas running through your mind as you plan for your hospital stay. Last-minute thoughts like "did I adjust the thermostat?" or "do I have my medical records handy?" may surface anxious or uneasy feelings. We understand, and many of our team members have been in similar shoes. 

Planning for your hospital stay ahead of time can calm any concerns about leaving home. It allows you to better control your comfort as you spend the night in a new place. A good way to make your hospital stay a home away from home is by packing a few personal items, like: 

  • Books, magazines or other reading materials
  • Favorite pajamas and slippers
  • Favorite foods or snacks (if permitted)
  • Cell phone charger
  • Photos of your family

You should also remember to bring:

  • Photo identification
  • Your insurance card
  • A copy of any Health Care Proxy, Advanced Directive, Guardianship in Place or other applicable legal documents related to your healthcare wishes
  • A list of all medications you are currently taking

Please do not bring jewelry, large sums of cash, credit cards, electrical appliances or anything else you deem valuable. We cannot assume responsibility for any personal possessions.

Preparing for surgery

  • Before surgery: Follow our checklist on how to prepare in the days leading up to your surgery. 
  • Day of surgery: Reviewing packing lists, coordinating transportation and checking into the hospital are all important steps the day of surgery.
  • After surgery: Rest and relaxation are key to a healthy recovery. 

Our hospital locations

Janet Myers, LPN visits patient at home and takes blood pressure.
Care at Home
Lowell General Hospital
Lowell General Hospital
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MelroseWakefield Hospital
Tufts medical building
Tufts Medical Center
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