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Hospital care


Preparing for your stay in hospital

If you are coming to the hospital for planned surgery, this section will give you information about:

All Vancouver Coastal Health facilities are smoke free. Stop smoking services are also available at several hospitals to help you quit smoking before and/or during your stay.

Keep a record of your hospital location & health care team

It may be helpful to keep a record of your location (unit, location, phone number), and the names and phone numbers of your health care team, for your own use. Your health care team can include:

  • Patient services manager
  • Patient care coordinator
  • Care management leader
  • Social worker
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Doctor(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Specialist(s)
  • Other(s)

You can print a Location & Health Care Team form to complete when you are in hospital. Keep it for your own records.

Clean your hands with good handwashing habits

Protect yourself and others from getting infections by using good hand washing habits: it is very important that you clean your hands often and completely. Wash your hands after using the washroom and before eating. You may also use the alcohol-based liquid/foam hand sanitizers available on each unit. You can also ask caregivers if they have cleaned their hands before providing you with care.

Hospital-specific information

Visit the hospital listings in our directory below for more information and resources. 

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