Thank you for choosing Doctors Community Hospital for your care. 

Please click on one of the below options to learn more about some of the equipment and services that you will find in your room.

Television and Telephone

Cellular Telephone Use

Bed

Your Medications

Nurse Call Signal

Environmental Services

Emergency Call Light

No-Smoking Policy

Personal Items

 

 
 

Television and Telephone

Our interactive television, GetWellNetwork (GWN), is available in most rooms at the hospital. Patients must view multiple educational videos before watching television. These videos will help you learn important information regarding patient safety.
 
GWN provides free educational patient videos. Television, movies, internet access and gaming are provided at an additional cost. Please have your family member make arrangements to purchase your television services. GetWellNetwork cards are available for purchase in the gift shop, Good Luck Café and Telecommunications Department.

Bed

Your bed is equipped with side rails. Your nurse may raise them at night or other times to ensure your safety.Please call our staff for help lowering the rails. The bed also has a variety of positions that may make the bed higher than what you are accustomed to using at home. Please use your call bell or call your nurse and wait for help if you have difficulty getting in or out of bed, or if your condition may cause you to slip or fall.

Nurse Call Signal

Call your nurse by dialing the nurse’s number on the white board in your room. You can also press the call button at your bedside any time you need a nurse. Your call will be answered through the intercom system at the nurses’ station. Sensitive or “light-touch” call buttons can be provided upon request.

Emergency Call Light

Next to the toilet in each bathroom, there is an emergency call-light switch that should be turned on only if you need immediate help. It is not an intercom system. Someone will come quickly to assist you.

Personal Items

The hospital will not assume any liability for personal items retained in your possession, including glasses, dental plates, hearing aids or any other prosthetic devices, laptops, tablets, jewelry, cellular telephones or clothing. Please keep only essential items, such as sleeping apparel and toiletries, in your room. Personal grooming supplies are available upon request. Have the person accompanying you take your personal property and valuables home when you are admitted. If necessary, hospital security will store valuables in the hospital’s safe. A valuables pickup service is available 24 hours a day. To retrieve your items from security, present the receipt you are given when the items were stored in the hospital’s safe. To request this service, please contact the operator by dialing “0” or ask your nurse to call security for you.
 
Patients may not bring personal electrical appliances (i.e. fans, television sets, hair dryers, radios, etc.) to the hospital. Although these appliances are safe for use at home, many are not compatible with the hospital’s environment and could create a fire hazard. Battery-operated appliances are permitted. Fans are not permitted in any circumstances for infection-control reasons.

Cellular Telephone Use

While cellular telephones can be used in most areas of the hospital, they cannot be used in the critical care units due to the interference they cause with the hospital’s electronic equipment. The hospital does not replace lost or damaged cellular telephones. Please send your cellular telephone home with a friend or family member.

Your Medications

Doctors Community Hospital has specific regulations regarding medications taken during your hospital stay. The Pharmacy Department provides most medications ordered by your physician during your stay in the hospital. However, in some situations, your doctor may write an order for you to use your own medications. This usually occurs when those medications are not normally stocked in our pharmacy.

  • Bring your medication and give it to the nurse as soon as possible. The pharmacy will list and verify these medications. Please be sure the original pharmacy label is on the medication bottle.
  • After the pharmacy verifies the medication, the nurse will keep it locked in the unit’s medication cart and administer it at the times your physician prescribed.
No medications may be kept at the bedside. They must be sent home immediately or logged in and sent to the pharmacy to be secured. The medications will be returned to you at discharge. Under no circumstances are you allowed to self medicate. All controlled medications must be left at home. This process is a state-mandated and Joint Commission regulation that we are required to follow.

We appreciate your cooperation. Please contact the unit charge nurse with any questions or call the pharmacy by dialing 8020 from your room telephone.

Environmental Services

A member of the housekeeping staff will clean your room once a day between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. However, emergency housekeeping service is available 24 hours a day. If you need additional housekeeping services, call the Environmental Services Department by dialing 8165 from your room telephone, and we will be happy to help you.

No-Smoking Policy

Maryland state law prohibits smoking within a healthcare facility. Doctors Community Hospital has a Smoke-Free Campus Policy for all buildings, grounds and parking lots. Thank you for refraining from smoking indoors and outdoors. Nicotine patches are available for our patients who smoke. Please discuss this option with your nurse, who can request an order from your physician.