Patient Guide

Patient Guide

Inpatient Stay:

For your comfort and convenience, you may want to bring the following items:

  • A current list of your medications
  • Personal items such as rubber-bottom slippers, robe and toiletries (including toothbrush)
  • Eyeglasses, hearing aids and other assistive devices
  • Book or magazines

What to leave at home:

We encourage you to leave any valuables such as money, jewelry, documents, as well as medicines, at home.  If you were admitted from the Emergency Room, please make arrangements with a family member or friend to take your valuables home for you.  The hospital is not responsible for the loss or damage of items.  If you are unable to make arrangements for your valuables, please inform a member of the care team so we can deposit your items in our lock box.

Patient Rights:

During your stay at Willapa Harbor Hospital, you and your family will make important decisions about your medical treatment.  As our patient, you have the right to accept or refuse health care treatment – and we want to respect your wishes.  If the choices you make are not consistent with Willapa Harbor Hospital’s mission, we will work with you to identify another healthcare provider.

By knowing what treatment choices are available, you and your family can make informed decisions.  It’s important to discuss your preferences with family members and your doctor before a serious illness occurs.  You may also express these thoughts in a written advance directive.  By doing so, your wishes can be followed even if you become unable to state your preferences.  When you are admitted to Willapa Harbor Hospital, you will be asked about any written advance directives you may have.

Advance Directives: 

A Healthcare Directive to Physicians, or advance directive, is a document that states your wishes and allows your physician to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment in the event of terminal illness or injury, so you may die naturally.  It may also be written so that it would apply in the event of a coma with no reasonable probability of recovery.

It may be revoked at any time verbally or by destroying the document and notifying your physician.  In Washington State, the directive must follow certain format guidelines, which may be obtained from hospital staff.

Power of Attorney:

A durable power of attorney for health care designates a trusted person, such as a relative or close friend, to act as a proxy in making your healthcare decisions if you are unable.  This document is more flexible than a healthcare directive because it can be applied to decisions about all kinds of health care issues.  It can be changed or revoked by the signer at any time.

Most people who enter the hospital, recover and are soon able to leave.   However, should you require life-sustaining or emergency treatment, the hospital and doctors are prepared to assist you.

For more information about a durable power of attorney, please contact a legal advisor or attorney.