What to Bring
A list of your medications including dosage and times. If you bring your medication bottles instead of a list, send the medications home with your family AFTER the doctor or nurse has reviewed them.
- A list of your allergies.
- Advance Directives about your healthcare.
- Any forms the doctor gives you to bring.
- Toiletries: toothbrush/toothpaste, shampoo, comb, etc.
- Your glasses or contact lenses and supplies.
- Robe, non-skid slippers, and loose fitting clothes.
- Your photo identification, insurance and/or Medicare cards, required forms or deposits.
- Any assistive device (cane, walker, etc.) that you currently use. Please label with your name and address.
What to Leave at Home
- Any electrical appliances, including computers and hair dryers. They are fire hazards.
- Valuables: please leave all valuables at home. Community Memorial Hospital can not assume responsibility for loss or damage to your valuables (jewelry, money, etc.).
- Hairspray, gels, mousse, etc. should be avoided prior to surgery.
Tips For Better Sleep In the Hospital
Sleep is vital to your health and for helping your body heal and recover from illness. It can be a challenge to get regular sleep while you’re in the hospital, but there are some simple tips you can follow for better sleep while you’re here.
At Community Memorial Hospital, we believe that each person has the right to accept or refuse any medical treatment. Each person also has the right to complete an Advance Directive. An Advance Directive allows you to put your healthcare wishes and values in writing, as well as designate someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself. You may also ask your doctor to complete a POLST form, which clarifies your wishes for end-of-life care.
If you have already completed an Advance Directive or POLST form, it is important that you bring it to the hospital so that it can be kept with your records. If you have questions about healthcare decisions please talk with your doctor, our Social Services Department at 805/652-5010 or our hospital Ethics Committee.
Translation and Interpreting Services
Community Memorial Hospital is pleased to provide translation and interpreting services to assist patients with a language or communication barrier. The following translation and interpreter services are available free of charge.
Face-to-Face Spanish Interpreters
Community Memorial Hospital offers qualified, in-house Spanish interpreters.
Available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, with access to over 200 languages.
Face-to-Face American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters
Available upon advance request.
Video Remote Interpreters (VRI)
Available 24 hours, 7 days a week, at Community Memorial Hospital for several languages, including American Sign Language (ASL).
Teletypewriter (TTY) Lines for Deaf and Hearing Impaired
Available in the lobby of Community Memorial Hospital.
Should you have any questions about these services or concerns, please call the main number of the hospital at 805/652-5011 and ask to speak with the Human Resources department.