Admission Process

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Admission Process

Your admission to Athens-Limestone Hospital was requested by your physician who is a member of the hospital medical staff. During the admission process and throughout your stay, you may be asked many questions by our personnel. This information is necessary and we appreciate your cooperation as we work together as a team to make your stay as effective and comfortable as possible.

Admission Policy

It is the policy of Athens-Limestone Hospital to admit and to treat all patients without regard to race, color, national origin or handicap.

Consent Forms and Interpreter Services

Permission for treatment and surgeries must be signed by each patient or by next of kin. Parents or guardians must sign for minors. For non-English speaking patients, Athens-Limestone Hospital will provide an interpreter, whenever possible. When an interpreter is not available on-site, a phone interpreter service is available at all times. For information about interpreter services, you may ask a member of our nursing staff.

Valuables

Athens-Limestone Hospital does not assume responsibility for loss of or damage to valuables, clothing or other personal items. We strongly advise you to leave your valuables at home. If this is impossible, you should deposit such items in the hospital's safe. If you have dentures, eyeglasses or contact lenses, please keep them in a protective container when not in use.Athens-Limestone Hospital is not responsible for loss or damage of these articles.

Advance Directives

Athens-Limestone Hospital supports the right of a patient to exercise responsibility in the health care decision making process. Federal law mandates that all adult patients admitted to Athens-Limestone Hospital will be given information regarding current Alabama Law (the Alabama Natural Death Act) and, if requested, given a copy of a Living Will for personal review. Hospital employees are not permitted to witness in writing the execution of an advance directive, nor are they permitted to discuss with a patient or a patient's family/friends issues or concerns beyond hospital policy or medical terminology.

Medications

If you did not bring your medications taken at home, have a family member bring them as soon as possible. We will make a list for your chart and have your nurse send them home with your family. Please do not take any of your own medications while in the hospital.