What to Bring/What Not to Bring

Prepare for your upcoming visit


When you are a patient at The Hospitals of Providence, it is important to know which items are necessary for your visit. We will make sure that your basic needs will be provided, but there may be other items that you will need to bring from home as well as those we ask you to leave behind.

What to bring for your hospital visit

  • Insurance card
  • Valid photo ID
  • A complete list of all medications you are taking (including over-the-counter and herbal supplements)
  • Recent lab and/or X-ray results from other facilities
  • Containers for eyewear, mouthwear and other personal items
  • A copy of any Advance Directives (Living Will, Power of Attorney, etc.)
  • Sleepwear, footwear and other personal items needed for overnight stay
  • Form of payment

What not to bring to the hospital

  • Valuables, including any personal jewelry or money
  • Cigarettes, alcohol or illegal drugs

What to bring for surgery

For patients undergoing a surgical procedure, please bring the following:

  • All orders and surgical consent from your doctor
  • List of allergies
  • List of current medications
  • Insurance card
  • Insurance form (if available)
  • Medicare/Medicaid card (if applicable)
  • Valid photo ID

Lab work

If you had lab work done within 30 days prior to surgery, please provide us with information on when and where the lab work was performed. On the day of surgery, additional tests may be required in which case an interview will be performed regarding your health history for the anesthesiologist and surgeon.

Minors and guardianship

Please bring proof of guardianship or medical power of attorney if the patient is a minor or an adult unable to sign for himself or herself. Minors must have a parent or a guardian accompany them.

If you have any questions, or need further information, call your surgeon or contact the Pre-Op Clinic at the facility where your procedure will be done: 915-577-8467 (THOP)

If you are not able to come into the Pre-Op Clinic prior to your scheduled surgery day, you will be contacted by a Pre-Op Clinic RN for your medical information.

Surgery day checklist

A key to a successful day of surgery is being prepared and knowing what to do and not to do prior to your procedure. In order to make your surgery as comfortable as possible, please review the following helpful tips.


  • Check in at Outpatient Services two hours prior to your scheduled surgery time or as directed by your doctor
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing that can easily be put on after surgery
  • Have someone drive you home from surgery and stay with you 24 hours afterward
  • Allow children to bring their comfort item (blanket, toy, etc.) and have two adults — one to drive after surgery and one to supervise (no additional children allowed)
  • Bring a copy of Advance Directives if available

Do not

  • Eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery
  • Wear jewelry or valuables (including rings)
  • Wear makeup, lotion or cologne/perfume