What to Bring/What NOT to Bring

This handy checklist is designed to help you prepare for your stay at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital. It provides suggestions for what to pack in your hospital bag – and even what to leave at home. If you have special needs while you’re at the hospital, contact one of our patient advocates or the nursing supervisor on your floor.

What to bring

  • Your health insurance card
  • All insurance forms or pre-authorization paperwork
  • A valid form of ID, such as a driver’s license or passport
  • An Advance Directive document, if you have one
  • A list of prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking, including dosage and directions (not the medications themselves)
  • Personal items such as toothbrush, comb, eyeglasses or hearing aids
  • Comfortable clothing for your arrival and discharge
  • Magazines, books, writing paper or similar items
  • No more than $20 in cash for any gift shop items
  • Credit card number and expiration date, but not the card itself
  • Calling card number if you plan on making long-distance calls; local calls are free

What not to bring

  • Credit cards
  • Jewelry or other valuables
  • More than $20 in cash
  • Medications from home
  • Cigarettes or alcohol

Fountain Valley can’t be responsible for valuables you bring to the hospital. If you bring a valuable item with you by mistake, we recommend that you give it to a family member or friend to take home with them. You can also ask an admitting representative to store it in a hospital safe. You will receive a receipt that allows you to reclaim your item(s) upon discharge.

About your lab work

If you’ve had lab work done within the past 30 days, provide us with the date of the lab work and where it was performed. On the day of your surgery, your physician may ask for additional tests. If those are needed, your anesthesiologist and surgeon may ask you questions regarding your health history.

Minors and guardianship

If the patient is a minor or an adult unable to sign for himself or herself, bring proof of guardianship or medical power of attorney. A parent or guardian must accompany a minor.

Day-surgery checklist

Even for day surgery, it’s important to be prepared and know what to do and not to do before the procedure. To make your surgery as comfortable as possible, please review the following helpful tips.

Your surgery to-do list

  • Check in to the hospital two hours prior to your scheduled surgery time or as directed by your doctor.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that you can easily put on after surgery.
  • Have a family member or friend drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours.
  • If the patient is a child, bring a comfort item like a blanket or toy, and be sure two adults are available at discharge – one to drive and another to supervise.
  • Bring a copy of your Advance Directives if available.

Please avoid the following

  • Eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before surgery
  • Wearing makeup, lotion, cologne or perfume
  • Wearing jewelry or valuables, including wedding rings