What to Bring/What NOT to Bring

What should you bring and what should you leave at home

During your stay at Los Alamitos Medical Center, we will make sure your basic needs are met. However, it's important that you know what items you should bring and what items you should leave home.

Please bring the following:

  • Your insurance forms or pre-authorization paperwork
  • Your health insurance card and your spouse's, if applicable
  • Recent lab and/or radiology results
  • Valid photo identification such as a driver's license or passport
  • Complete list of medications (prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal supplements), including dosages and directions
  • An Advance Directive document, if you have one
  • Containers for eyewear, mouthwear and personal items
  • Magazines, books, writing paper or similar items
  • Sleepwear, footwear and other personal items for an overnight stay
  • No more than $20 in cash for any gift shop items
  • Credit card number and expiration date, but not the card itself
  • Calling card number if you plan on making long-distance calls

Please do not bring the following:

  • More than $20 in cash
  • Valuables including jewelry or credit cards
  • Cigarettes
  • Alcohol
  • Medication from home

Los Alamitos cannot take responsibility for loss of valuables you bring to the hospital. If you bring a valuable item with you by mistake, we recommend it be deposited in the safe in our Admitting Department. Notify someone in Admitting or a member of the nursing staff that you have something you need to leave in the safe. Be sure to ask for a receipt. You can also send the items home with a family member.

For surgery, bring the following:

  • Orders and surgical consent from your doctor
  • Insurance card
  • Valid photo identification
  • Lab work done within the last 30 days
  • List of allergies
  • List of current medications
  • Insurance forms (if available)
  • Medicare/Medicaid card (if applicable)

If the patient is a minor or is an adult unable to sign for himself or herself, please bring proof of guardianship or medical power of attorney. A parent or guardian must accompany a minor.

Day Surgery

Below you’ll find a few tips to help make your day surgery go as smoothly as possible.

What to do

  • Check in two hours prior to your scheduled time of surgery unless directed otherwise by your physician.
  • Wear comfortable and loose clothing that you can easily put on after your procedure.
  • Allow children to bring items that comfort them, like a blanket or toy, and have two adults with them (one to drive and one to supervise).
  • Bring a copy of your Advance Directives, if available.
  • Have someone to drive you home and remain at home with you for 24 hours after your surgery.

What not to do

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
  • Do not wear makeup, lotion or cologne/perfume.
  • Do not wear jewelry or valuables, including rings or body piercings.
  • Do not bring additional children as they are not allowed.

If you have questions or need more information, call us at (855) 840-3668.