South Shore Hospital has gathered a number of important public documents, all helpful in streamlining the hospital registration and admission process.
Advanced Directives are instructions given by you, specifying what actions should be taken for your health in the event that illness or incapacity renders you unable to make decisions. These legal documents allow you to covey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time to family, friends and health care professionals — avoiding confusion later on. Forms of advanced directives include: a living will, which explains how you feel about care intended to sustain life; and a durable power of attorney for health care. This directive names your health care proxy (someone you trust to make health decisions if you are unable to do so).
The Universal Medication Form helps you and your family members remember all of the medicines you are taking. This provides your doctor(s) and care team with a current list of all of your prescription medication, vitamins, herbals, as well as any over-the-counter medicine you take regularly. You may want to keep this form with you at all times in case of emergency.
Discharge Checklist provides an effective mechanism for ensuring that communication upon discharge is completely addressed for patients, their families, and aftercare providers.
In addition to these important documents, be sure to bring your photographic identification cards, health insurance cards and any hospital paperwork you have already completed.