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What to Bring What to Leave at Home

What to Bring What to Leave at Home

Patients and guests are responsible for all personal belongings.


All patients need a robe and slippers; all other items may be taken home until you are discharged from the hospital. If you are a patient in the rehabilitation unit, you may be asked to bring in clothing for use during your stay.


Please notify your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking. This includes over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements, as well as prescription medicines. Your health care providers also need to know if you have any allergies to medications, foods, etc. If you bring personal medications with you to the hospital, you should have your doctor's approval before taking them. Give any unnecessary medications brought to the hospital to a family member to be taken home for safekeeping.

Personal Care Items:

It is recommended that you bring in your preference of toiletries, such as toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, etc. Patient rooms include a wash basin and water pitcher. Towels, washcloths and soap are in the bathroom. Please ask the staff if you need these items.

Denture Care:

You will be asked if you wear dentures and, if so, a staff member will give you a denture cup in which to store them. (NOTE: If you are accompanying a patient who is not capable of sharing this information, please ask the nurse for help.) When dentures are not in place, they should be in a denture cup. To avoid losing dentures, please do not wrap them in tissue, washcloths, towels, linens, etc. Please avoid placing dentures on your meal tray, under your pillow, on your sheets or in any concealed place where they may be lost or accidentally thrown out.


To prevent loss or damage to your eyeglasses while you are hospitalized, please do not leave them unprotected on the bedside table, in a robe pocket or on your bed.


We recommend patients leave all valuables at home, including money, jewelry, credit cards, purses and anything else that would be considered a loss. Patients may be moved during admission for tests, examinations and other necessary procedures and may have difficulty keeping up with personal property. If you are admitted and have brought any valuables, please have your family members take them home.  The hospital and its employees are not responsible or liable for damage to or loss of any personal property.

Lost Items:

While St Mary Medical Center is not responsible for patients' and guests' personal belongings, we certainly try to return lost items to their owners. To talk with our Security department about a lost item or to file a lost item report, please call 215.710.5955.