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Mercy Women's Care at St. Anne
3404 W. Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623
419-407-1616

Mercy Women's Care at St. Charles
Navarre Medical Plaza
2702 Navarre Avenue
Suite 101
Oregon, OH 43616
696-7900

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2213 Cherry Street
Toledo, OH 43608
419-251-4340

Making Your Hospital Stay as Pleasant as Possible

separator These days, it’s not uncommon to hear negative publicity about hospitals. Patient sometimes complain that they feel more like a number than a person, and that hospital staff don’t seem to have time for them.

It’s true that medical professionals are often rushed these days, and that hospitals face challenges and constraints in today’s world that may not have been there one or two generations ago. But very often, patients have more control over the way their hospital stay progresses, and more rights as a patient, than they realize.

Here are some things to keep in mind in case you ever need to spend some time in the hospital:

  • You have a right to see your medical records and to take part in decisions about your treatment (an exception could be a patient in a psychiatric ward)
  • You have the right to refuse treatment
  • You have the right to leave the hospital when you want to, although this may not be the best idea if your doctor has said it’s important for you to stay (again, an exception could be a patient in a psychiatric ward)
  • You can ask for things—within reason—that will make you more comfortable, such as a book or a snack. You can also ask for help if you want to mail a letter or send a fax.
  • Most of the time, it’s fine for someone to bring you food and maybe even wine from outside the hospital, as long as they are within any dietary restrictions
  • You can ask the name of anyone who comes into your room
  • You may be able to forego the hospital gown and wear your own clothes
  • If your hospital has a social worker, patient representative or an ombudsman on staff, you may want to ask to speak to them if you have any concerns during your stay.

It’s common to begin to feel more passive than you usually do when you you’re staying in the hospital. But it’s important that you always ask if there’s something that doesn’t seem right or if there’s something you need.

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