Your Room

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

Cellphone Use

Your Bed

Your Medications

Nurse Call Signal

Environmental Services

Emergency Call Light

No Smoking Policy

Personal Items

 

 
 

Television and Telephone

Our free and interactive television, GetWellNetwork (GWN), is available in most rooms. Upon discharge, you can also access some of the free health-related videos on your smart devices and computers. Remember to check the email address that you provided during the admissions process and follow the provided instructions.
 
While an inpatient, you must first view multiple patient safety educational videos. Afterwards, you can use our free television, on-demand movies, telephone and WiFi services. For additional information about your room and television, please talk with your nurse or refer to the document inserted into this handbook. 

Your 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. (Page 11 has information about preventing falls.)

Nurse Call Signal

You may call your nurse by dialing the nurse’s number on the whiteboard 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 pull-cord that should be turned on only if you need immediate help. Someone will come quickly to assist you. It is not an intercom system.

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, currency or clothing. Please keep only essential items (e.g., sleeping apparel and toiletries, etc.) in your room. Personal grooming supplies are available upon request. Have a family member, friend or caregiver take your personal property and valuables home when you are admitted. If necessary, security can store valuables in the hospital’s safe. Our valuables pick-up service is available 24 hours a day. To retrieve your items from security, please contact the operator by dialing “0” on your room telephone or ask your nurse to call security for you.
 
You may not bring personal electrical appliances (e.g.,. fans, television, 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.

Cellphone 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, family member or caregiver

Your Medications

Doctors Community Hospital has specific regulations regarding medications taken during your hospital stay. No medications may be kept at the bedside. Medications must be sent home immediately or logged in and sent to the pharmacy to be secured. These medications will be returned to you at discharge.

There are no circumstances that will allow you 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.

During your stay at the hospital, the Pharmacy Department provides most medications ordered by your physician. However, in some situations, your doctor may write an order for you to use your own medication. This usually occurs when those medications are not normally stocked in our pharmacy.

  • Bring your medication from home and give it to the nurse as soon as possible. Please be sure the original pharmacy label is on the medication bottle.
  • The pharmacy will inspect and verify the medication. Medications approved for use will be locked in the unit's medication cabinet. The nurse will administer the medications at the times ordered by your physician. These medications will be returned to you upon discharge.
Please contact the unit charge nurse if you have any questions.

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 if you smoke. Please discuss this option with your nurse, who can request an order from your physician.