Preparing for your Hospital Visit

Accommodations

The accommodations listed below are for hotels, motels and Bed and Breakfasts near St. Martha's Regional Hospital. These accommodations are available to family and friends who are visiting a patient who has undergone a procedure or surgery that requires overnight stay at St. Martha's Hospital. All accommodations are within a short driving distance to the hospital.

What to Bring / Security & Valuables

Please Bring:

  • Your hospital card
  • Your Nova Scotia Health Card
  • Your personal insurance policy/certificate and a credit card
  • Your current medications in their original bottles (prescription and non-prescription) 
  • Pocket money for newspapers and magazines etc.
  • Toiletries and personal items (toothbrush, comb, etc.)
  • Slippers, pajamas and a bathrobe
  • Reading material
  • A telephone calling card
  • Your own pillow in a coloured pillow case and a blanket for a touch of home
  • If you use them: hearing aids, dentures and glasses
  • A change of clothes for home

What to leave home:

  • Jewelry or other valuables 
  • Large sums of cash
  • Cell phones
  • Electric Items (unless checked by hospital staff)

*If you accidently bring hospital property home, you can return it to the reception desk at any time.

Please leave money, credit cards, jewelry and valuable papers at home. The hospital cannot accept responsibility for lost or damaged valuables or personal property kept at bedside.

You may notice security cameras placed near exits and main hallways throughout the hospital. Security can be reached by calling the main switchboard at your hospital.

During Your Stay - Know the Plan

As a patient visiting one of the five hospitals in the GASHA region for a test, procedure or surgery, you must know why you are in the hospital and what is going to happen during your stay.

This Includes:

  • All of the benefits and risks or your treatment/surgery/test/or other procedure
  • Any alternatives that are available for a treatment/surgery/test or other procedure
  • What will happen if you do not receive the treatment/surgery/test or procedure

Before you undergo treatment, surgery, etc., you and your doctor should agree on exactly what will be done and how it will be carried out.

To prevent "wrong site" surgery, markings are usually made while you are away to identify the correct area for the doctor. If markings are necessary they will be done before you go into the room where the surgery will be done.

Ask your doctor or nurse about any tests or blood work you have had or were scheduled to have. Do not make the assumption that "no news is good news."

Before you leave the hospital make sure that you have a Plan of Care in place and that it has been confirmed by your doctor or nurse.

Scent Free Policy

Scented products including perfume, cologne, aftershave and other personal care products can case serious problems for some people, especially those with asthma, allergies and environmental illness. We ask everyone, including staff, patients, volunteers and visitors to avoid wearing these products when in the hospital.

GASHA is committed to providing employees, patients, residents, clients and visitors with safe work/care surroundings by maintaining a low scent or scent sensitive environment in all buildings wherever possible, eliminating the use of products with contain a strong scent. Exposure to scented products has emerged as a health problem for many. The exposure may produce adverse effects for sensitive individuals.

Smoking

There will be no tobacco use on the property of the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority at any time. This includes all GASHA property including parking lots and personal vehicles on the grounds. This policy applies to all persons including but not limited to: staff, patients, physicians, visitors, volunteers, contract workers and students.

GASHA is committed to providing a tobacco free environment in support of health for all patients, staff and others occupying GASHA owned buildings and properties. GASHA is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of disease. GASHA's concern for the health of its patients, clients, staff, visitors and the community provides the stimulus for the tobacco free policy.

GASHA recognizes that:

  • Tobacco use is a health and fire hazard
  • Second hand smoke is a health hazard
  • Tobacco use may result in adverse effects on medical treatment
  • Tobacco related litter is a threat to environmental and human health 
  • The Health Authority should serve as role models in health and policy behaviour

Bill Payment and Fees

It is every provincially insured person's responsibility to keep their provincial insurance up to date. If a person's provincial health is not up to date they are no longer insured. The result can be a patient/client having to pay out of pocket for the health services that they have received.

The Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cash, personal checks and money orders as suitable forms of payment.

The pricelist below is for patients/clients that are not provincially covered, i.e. those from out of the country.

Discharge

Please note that GASHA's discharge time is at 11:00 a.m. for most patients. We ask that you observe this time closely. Before leaving the hospital please visit the Business Office to check for any outstanding fees or payments that need to be made. See Bill Payments and Fees for information on costs not covered by the provincial health plan.

A family member or friend should take you home after a hospital stay. Please make sure you have all of your belongings and hospital cards, as well as any aftercare instructions about your medication, diet, activity and return appointments. If you are unsure about anything, ask your healthcare provider before you leave.