What to Bring to the Hospital


Has your doctor said you need tests done in the hospital? Most people worry when they have to spend the night in the hospital. Learning more about what to expect and about the people who will care for you at Van Wert County Hospital can help!

It's ALWAYS best to bring as little as you can to the hospital!  

Important Paperwork Checklist


Please bring the following information with you to the hospital on the day of your admission, on the day of your surgery, and for pre-admission testing. This will help the admission process go smoothly.
  •  Complete list of all medications you are taking. This list should include prescription, over-the-counter medications and your vitamins and herbal supplements. For your convenience, we have printable forms available for your use. We have included two versions: a Downloadable Universal Medication Form  and a Writeable Universal Medication Form. Please print a copy and bring it with you to your appointment.   
  • Any reports your doctor gave you to bring to the hospital.
  • Medical insurance information, including insurance cards, pre-certification, and other documentation required by your insurer. If you don't have insurance, talk with the admission staff about other payments methods and sources of financial aid. 
  • Photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • List of names and telephone numbers of your immediate family that we can call, if necessary.
  • Bring a list of your allergies. It is important to let your doctor and nurse know if you have any allergies, especially to medications and food, and/or to other substances.

For Your Comfort Checklist

  • Personal toiletries, such as a comb, brush, shampoo, soap, razor, deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste
  • Your own pajamas or nightgown, bathrobe, and slippers (put your name on each item)
  • Comfortable clothes to wear home (these can be the clothes you wore to the hospital)
  • Your hearing aids, dentures and glasses
  • Books and/or magazines
  • A little cash (no more than $10) and a credit card that a family member or friend can keep for you.


What to Leave at Home

  • Do not bring any electrical appliances to the hospital. They are not allowed except in special circumstances.
  • Please leave all your valuables at home. Items such as jewelry (including wedding ring, earrings, and watch), expensive clothing, or other costly items should not be brought to the hospital. The hospital is not responsible for the loss of or damage to any personal property kept in your room. If an item must be secured, please ask your nurse assist you.