What to Bring With You

We understand that your hospital stay can be stressful, and we encourage you to bring a few personal items that will make your experience at Tufts Medical Center more comfortable. You may want to bring:

  • Photo identification – This is to protect you and your personal information from medical theft and fraud, which is drastically on the rise in the US and internationally. It is our obligation to protect you by asking to identify yourself by providing your name and date of birth, and to verify this information by reviewing a government issued ID.
  • Your insurance card if applicable
  • A copy of any Health Care Proxy, Advanced Directive, Guardianship in Place or other applicable legal documents related to your health care wishes
  • Books, magazines or other reading materials
  • Favorite pajamas and slippers
  • Favorite foods or snacks (if permitted)
  • Cellphone charger
  • Family photos
  • A list of all medications you are currently taking (see below)

Please do not bring jewelry, large sums of cash, credit cards, electrical appliances and anything else you would deem valuable. The Medical Center cannot assume responsibility for any personal possessions. If you must bring valuables or large sums of money, they may be secured by Public Safety in the dispatch safe for the duration of your stay. To reach Public Safety, please call 617-636-7700.

Your medications list

Please make sure to bring a list of all medications you are currently taking. We ask that you not bring actual medications with you; however, if you do, we will hold them in a safe location until you are discharged. It is important that we know about both prescriptions and over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, Motrin and/or any vitamins or other supplements you take. If you are unsure of the doses or the names of the medications, your pharmacy or your primary care physician may need to be contacted to obtain the information.

Please let us know if you have any food or drug allergies and what kind of allergic reaction you experience. It is important that we have all this information so that you receive the safest and most appropriate care possible.