Your Hospital Stay

We make hospital visits easier

Staying overnight in the hospital can be stressful for you and your loved ones. The team at Tufts Medical Center promises to make your stay here as comfortable as possible. Here’s what to expect when you visit us.

During your stay

When you arrive at Tufts Medical Center, you should go to the Admitting Office, which is on the first floor of the Proger Building. Someone will check you in and guide you to the floor where you’ll be staying.

Room assignment
We’ll try to assign you to the type of room that you asked for, but this isn’t always possible. If you’d like to talk about your room assignment, just ask your nurse.

ID band
You’ll be given an identification bracelet when you’re admitted. This includes your name and medical record number. For your safety and protection, this band must be worn at all times during your stay.

Settling in
When you arrive on the floor where you’ll be cared for, staff members will help you become familiar with the area.

You’ll meet doctors, nurses, and other caregivers who will talk with you about your health history. You may also be asked to help staff members know more about you by filling out a health questionnaire. You need to inform your doctor and nurse about any medications you are taking and the dosages, as well as any known allergies.

Going home

We want you to have a smooth transition home, whether you need home care, further medical care at a rehabilitation facility, or a skilled nursing facility before you go home.

Discharge planning
Whenever possible, discharge plans begin as soon as you’re admitted. During your stay, your doctor and nurse will arrange for you to learn how to care for yourself at home. Your discharge will be confirmed the evening before it’s scheduled to occur. Your doctor, nurse and/or case manager will review the plans for the day of discharge and the anticipated discharge time. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Please plan to leave the hospital by 10 am on discharge day, and make transportation arrangements ahead of time to make sure you leave on time. Hospital staff will help you in get your medications and supplies, if you need it. If you anticipate needing any help arranging for discharge transportation, please talk to your case manager and/or nurse.

Before you leave, we’ll also make a post-hospitalization appointment with your primary care doctor. This visit is important, because your doctor will assess your transition from the hospital to your home, by assessing your condition, medications and treatments, and updating them as necessary.

Read About Your Stay, a guide for overnight patients, their families and friends >