Important Things to Know

Important Things to Know

Madera Community Hospital FAQs

Visiting the hospital for the first time can be confusing. Our service driven staff and volunteers are committed to supporting patients, visitors and guests.

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How long will I need to stay in the hospital?

This depends on your condition. Most patients are “outpatients”, meaning they are checked-in and discharged from the hospital on the same day. Patients that stay overnight are referred to as “inpatients”. Patients do not typically stay in the hospital for longer than two weeks.

How often will I see my physician(s)?

This is dependent on your doctor’s schedule. You can expect to see your physician at least once per day, and you will have easy access to hospital staff for the duration of your stay. A nurse can contact your physician if you have any pressing questions for them.

Will my primary care physician or home caretakers be involved in my care?

While staying at the hospital, your care will be primarily coordinated by hospital staff. We know people place a lot of trust in their primary physicians and value their opinion, which is why we maintain contact with your regular caretakers. We make sure to keep them updated on your condition and receive their input.

Will you update my family and friends on my condition?

As a patient, you are entitled to doctor/patient confidentiality. Our staff cannot disclose details about your condition without your express permission. Loved ones often ask for updates on a patient’s condition, in which case our staff has to walk a fine line to maintain the integrity of your privacy. While we cannot always disclose details of your condition without permission, we may be able to provide general updates to keep them informed. Read over our privacy policy to learn more.

Am I only allowed to eat hospital food while staying in the hospital?

Visitors will frequently bring in candy and other treats to patients. You are not forbidden from eating outside food while staying in the hospital, but it is imperative that you check with your doctor beforehand. Certain medications, conditions, and surgeries require patients to stick to a temporary diet. Deviating from this could result in complications.

While staying at the hospital, your meals will be prepared by our Nutrition Services Department. Every patient’s meal is created according to their doctor’s orders.

Can I continue taking my regular medications and herbal supplements while in the hospital?

You should inform your doctor of any medications you are currently taking and whether or not you should continue taking them. The same goes for herbal supplements. Although herbs seem harmless, they can be potentially dangerous, especially for anyone requiring surgery or taking prescription medication.

Should I tell my doctor or nurse if I’m in pain?

Yes! A surprising number of patients do not speak up when they are in pain. Your body’s reactions to treatment and medication are very important, and you should always inform us when you are experiencing discomfort, even if you believe it is a normal side effect of treatment. There are many things we can do to help you relieve pain while you heal.

Contact us at (559) 675-5555 for more information.