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Patient Information Guide
You, as the patient, play a vital role in making your care safe and efficient by becoming an active, involved and informed member of your health care team. This information is designed to provide you with the tools necessary to do that.
Speak out if you have questions or concerns. If you do not understand, ask.
Your health is too important to worry about being embarrassed. If you do not understand something that your physician, nurse or other health care professional tells you, ask for clarification.
Pay attention to the care you are receiving.
Tell your physician or nurse if something does not meet your expectations.
Educate yourself about your diagnosis, medications being taken, medical tests you are undergoing and your treatment plan.
Gather information about your condition, medications being taken and the operation of any equipment that is used in your care.
Assign a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate.
Select a person you can communicate with and that you trust to assist you in clarifying treatment options.
Participate in all decisions about your treatment.
You are the center of your health care team and should participate in all treatment decisions made regarding your care.
Thank you for choosing Hillcrest Hospital South for your health care needs.