- Preparing For Your Visit At Woman’s
Preparing For Your Visit At Woman’s
On your day of departure an empty box makes it easier to get your flower arrangements home. While you are at The Woman’s Hospital, the following items are suggested to increase your comfort during your stay.
Before Your Arrival
- Make arrangements to take care of your children and pets housing, food and general care needs.
- Arrange for transportation
- Send your medical records as requested by your doctor.
- Ask your insurance company if you need a managed-care referral from your primary doctor and/or pre-authorization for your stay. Follow the instructions of your managed-care provider. Call us at 713-791-7140 should you have additional questions.
- Let us know if you have special needs, cultural or religious practices that will require special accommodations.
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas has a Patient Advocate to help address any concerns you may have. You may reach the Patient Advocate during normal business hours by dialing extension 7287 from a hospital phone or 713.791.7287 when calling from outside the hospital.
Patients Personal Supply List
- Personal ID (passport, State issued ID or driver’s license)
- All forms of payment including insurance card(s), credit cards, or cash
- Medications you take on a regular basis. Please write your name on the containers and inform your nurse. Be sure to take these medications home with you.
- A comfort item (picture of family/pets, blanket, etc…)
- Favorite snacks or drinks (per approval from doctor)
- Books or other activities to keep you entertained
- List of phone numbers for family members
- A comfortable bathrobe, pair of pajamas, non-skid slippers or socks
- Personal toiletries, such as shampoo, tooth paste, and tooth brush
- Glasses, dentures, hearing aid, or other assistive devices you may need. Please ask the nurse for a container to protect these items. Please label these and other personal items with your name.
- Any instructions your physician may have provided.
- ATM card / cash / calling card (limit your amounts) for gift shop, long distance calls (local calls are free) and other purchases.
- If you are bringing a newborn home, please remember to bring appropriate transportation for them.
Day Surgery & Surgery
For our day surgery patients we only suggest bringing a pair of socks. For our patients having surgery, a pair of socks, tooth brush and tooth paste, hair brush/ comb, deodorant, or other personal hygiene items that make you more comfortable.
If you have a scheduled delivery, we suggest planning to take some of your personal effects home or place in your vehicle between your delivery time and your move to Postpartum. Space is limited and different items are needed after your delivery.
Labor and Delivery
We suggest a small bag containing the baby’s book, glasses or contact case and solution, lip moisturizer, and two pair of white socks. It is cool in the room. Dad may want to bring a sweatshirt in his bag as well.
You will need to bring two pair of white socks and maternity panties. Your baby, will need laundered clothes and a light and medium weight blanket for traveling home. Please read the car seat instructions and practice using it before coming to the hospital. Infants will not be released without a car seat for transport.
The hospital does not have an area to secure your valuables. Please leave valuables such as jewelry, purses/wallets, cellular phones and video cameras at home. We are unable to assume responsibility for lost or stolen items.
Preparing To Leave
When you have been discharged by your physician you will be given instructions concerning medications, diet restrictions and follow-up medical visits. You will automatically receive Express Discharge if all financial requirements have been met. While we’ve enjoyed caring for you, we are excited to see our healthy recovering women and babies go home. Please be sure to have a friend, family member or transportation service arrange to pick you up soon after your discharge is written. State law requires that parents use a car seat for infants that are secured in the back seat according to the manufacturer’s specifications. We recommend you practice using the car seat prior to leaving the hospital.
- Post Discharge Support
Our friendly Case Managers are available to assist you with all your discharge questions including home health and medical equipment. When you are ready to leave the hospital, a member of our team will escort you by wheelchair to the hospital entrance.
- Medical Records
Copies of your health records will be provided upon written request and for a reasonable fee. You can request these copies in the Release of Information Office, located on the first floor in the Medical Records Department. We are proud to offer continued health care services to our women each time they return through our integrated computer systems that share your medical record information among caregivers and physicians who practice at HCA facilities in the Houston area.
Thank you for choosing The Woman’s Hospital of Texas.