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Preparing for Hospital

Documents you will need: 

  • Hospital Card (this card will be given to you in admitting if you do not have one)
  • MCP Card (if you don’t have a hospital card)
  • Picture I.D. (children don’t need a picture I.D.)
  • Health Insurance Card (if applicable)
  • A valid credit card or personal cheques
  • Doctor’s referrals or test results (if applicable)
  • Prescribed medications in original pharmacy containers


Bring your insurance information, claim forms and/or authorization numbers, or ANNEX documents.

Non-Insured Services :

Not all services and supplies offered by the hospital are free-of-charge.  For example, ambulances, crutches, and private rooms must be paid for by the patient. 

A list of non-insured services is available from the Admitting Department.  Many of these services require a deposit, which can be paid by cash, credit card or personal cheques.  Our Admitting Departments have Interac Debit Machines for your convenience.

Things to bring with you:

  • Things you need such as your eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aid, wheelchair or walking aids.
  • Comfort items such as your pajamas or a nightgown and robe, full foot slippers, underwear, comfortable indoor clothing and footwear. 
  • Your toothbrush, toothpaste, comb or brush, facecloth, towel and unscented deodorant, shampoo, soap and shaving supplies.
  • Medications which you are currently taking at home for the nursing staff to record on your health record.  (These medications may be returned after they are recorded or stored in a locked cupboard on the nursing unit and returned when you are discharged).
  • A notepad and pen or pencil to write down important information you will need to remember.

Things not to bring with you:
  • Large amounts of cash;
  • Jewelry;
  • Personal items of value;
  • All electronic equipment;
  • Personal hair dryers, curling irons;
  • Electric blankets, heating pads; or
  • Scented products. 
Eastern Health does not accept responsibility for any lost or stolen valuables. 

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Updated Feb 23, 2018