Doctor Checking on an Elderly Patient

Preparing for your stay:

  • Identification: Driver’s License
  • Social Security Number
  • Insurance cards
  • Financial information (a deposit may be required)
  • Doctor’s orders (if given to you)
  • Bring a list of current medications you are currently taking.

If you are to be admitted your health and safety are our primary concerns. With that in mind, we ask that you:

  • Ask your nurse for assistance with walking or transfers – medications, bodily weakness, or simply the change in environment, especially at night, may cause confusion, dizziness, or unsteadiness.
  • Use your call light when you need something and let your nurse know if it’s not working properly.
  • Remember that bed rails are necessary to protect you from falls and to help hospital staff with moving and transfers.
  • Listen to the emergency instructions your nurse gives you when you arrive.
  • Do not bring any small electrical items, such as electric razors, tape players, or computers, as they may interfere with delicate electronic monitoring equipment.

Recommended items to bring:

  • Essential personal hygiene items
  • Night Wear
  • Robe and Slippers

The day before your surgery, a nurse will call to remind you of the time to arrive at the Medical Center.  It is important that all surgery patients come to the hospital to pre-register for their surgery at least two days prior to the scheduled procedure. This allows our staff to conduct a patient assessment, provide appropriate education and schedule lab work and x-rays if required. Bring LOOSE FITTING clothes to wear home after sugery.

You or your doctor’s office should call the Radiology department to schedule a time for your appointment. Call (601) 426-4090 24 Hours a day. Then contact the Registration Desk to pre-register.

Physical Therapy
Your doctor will instruct you whether to come to the Medical Center or to go to the Rehabilitation & Wellness Complex at 23 Mason St.

Please leave all valuables, including jewelry, at home. We are security-conscious, but cannot be responsible for anything not deposited in the hospital safe.

Lost Belongings:
If you lose something during your stay, please contact Security at  (601) 426-4493.

You will probably be more comfortable in your own pajamas, slippers, and bathrobe. However, we will provide these items if you need them.

Please bring a list of medications and dosages you currently take, but don’t bring the medication with you unless instructed to do so by your physician(s). For your safety, the hospital pharmacy will provide all the medications your physician prescribes.

South Central Regional Medical Center is a nonsmoking facility, and smoking is not allowed anywhere on campus. If you feel that this will be a problem for you, please ask the admitting nurse about resources that are available to help you stop smoking.

Possession and consumption of alcohol and non-prescribed drugs is prohibited on hospital grounds. Anyone under the influence of non-prescribed drugs or alcohol will be removed from hospital premises.

Going Home:
Your physician will arrange for you to check out of the hospital.  Please discuss discharge procedures with your physicians, nurses and case manager.

During your stay, the Food and Nutrition Department will take care of all of your dietary needs. Our staff will prepare and serve you three meals every day. We offer a room service program so you can have your meals on your own schedule. Additionally, a variety of snacks are available upon request. The room service program also allows patients to purchase meals for visiting family and friends.

Should your diagnosis require, our clinical dietitians are available to personalize menus to accommodate special dietary restrictions.

Interpreter And TDD Services:
If you or a family member have special communication needs such as interpreter services, TDD services, or telephone amplifiers, please tell your admissions representative.

Give outgoing mail to your nurse, or place it in the outgoing mail tray at the nurses’ station. We will deliver mail to you daily.

Gift Shop:
South Central’s gift shop has fresh flowers, magazines, candy, stationery, small gifts, and basic toiletries.

Things to Consider:

Advance Directives
You have the right to make informed decisions about your healthcare, including the right to refuse treatment offered to you. You also may give directions, in advance, about your wishes for healthcare should the time come when you cannot communicate yourself. If you have an advance directive, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for healthcare, please bring it with you at the time of admission.

It is helpful to make such arrangements long before the need arises. Call  (601) 426-4405  to receive the booklet Planning for Your Medical Care.

South Central Regional Medical Center
1220 Jefferson St.
Laurel, MS 39440
Phone: (601) 426-4000