Hamilton Health Sciences
During Your Stay

During Your Stay

Whether you are coming to the hospital for a clinic appointment, day surgery or an inpatient stay, a little preparation will help your visit go smoothly. Here is a list of items you should bring with you when you come to the hospital:

  • Appointment information
  • Doctor's name
  • Location of where your appointment is taking place
  • Name and phone number of referring physician
  • Name and phone number of your family physician if different from above
  • Health card

If you will be staying overnight, please bring the above listed items as well as:

  • Toiletries and personal items (ie. Toothbrush, comb, etc.)
  • Bathrobe
  • Change of clothes for your trip home

Emergency Preparedness Drills

During your stay you may hear the fire alarm. Please understand our staff participate in regularly scheduled emergency drills. This is our way of ensuring all staff members are fully prepared should an emergency situation arise. Rest assured your caregiver is well trained and prepared to assist you during any emergency situation.

Click here to read Fire Safety Information for Patients and Visitors

Cell Phones 

Patient and visitor use of cell phones is prohibited in all areas of the hospital except: lobbies, cafeterias, public hallways, and business offices (e.g. Admitting, Cashier, Medical Records, non-clinical support offices etc). The devices must be turned off when entering clinical areas (wards, cardiac, critical care, outpatient rooms, diagnostic test areas such as MDU, etc.)

All users of cell phones are asked to maintain at least 1 meter from any medical device when in common areas of the hospital.

Balloon Policy 

Latex balloons are prohibited in all HHS facilities as they can cause allergic reactions in some people.

Alternatively, MYLAR (shiny foil) balloons may be brought into the hospital.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is a serious health hazard and all HHS hospitals are smoke-free facilities. Visitors, patients and staff are not permitted to smoke in any of the hospital's buildings. Provincial law also prohibits smoking within nine metres (30 feet) of any hospital entrance. Hospital security and municipal by-law officers enforce these restrictions.


Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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