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Before Your Admission to the Hospital
A few days before you are admitted as an inpatient at Fox Chase Cancer Center, a member of our Admissions Office staff will call you to confirm the date and time of your admission.
You may be scheduled to visit Fox Chase for certain tests a few days before your admission. These tests will help your doctor prepare for your treatment. The tests will be arranged for you through our Pre-Admission Testing Office.
What To Bring
Here are some things you’ll need or may want with you during your stay. Please leave any valuables at home.
- Your insurance cards
- A nightgown or pajamas, bathrobe, slippers and toiletries
- Stationery, pens, reading materials, laptop computer, portable media player with earphones
Prior to admission, you will get a packet of materials about advance directives. This includes living wills or other documents that let you state your wishes about your medical treatments. Please review these materials before your admission and ask your doctor, nurse or social worker about advance directives. At the time of your admission, in accordance with federal law, your nurse will ask if you have any of these documents.
Arriving at Fox Chase
When you arrive at Fox Chase, please go to the Inpatient Admissions Office in the West Building. Our staff will assign you a room and ask you to sign the necessary forms. Then, you will be escorted to your room. If you are having surgery on the same day you are admitted, our staff will take you to the Same Day Surgery area. In either case, your family can come with you.
Occasionally, there may be a delay in preparing your room. Our Admissions staff will keep you informed and do all they can to expedite your admission.
When you get to your room, you will meet the primary nurse responsible for your care. Your nurse will familiarize you with the schedule, make you comfortable and ask you if you have completed an advance directive.
An inpatient physician team will manage your care.
- If you are admitted by a medical oncologist, your inpatient team will include an attending physician who is a colleague of your medical oncologist, a medical resident and a medical oncology fellow.
- If you are admitted by a surgeon, he or she will serve as your attending physician assisted by a surgical resident, a surgical oncology fellow and a physician’s assistant.
When you are admitted, a resident physician will examine you. Your attending physician will be responsible for planning your inpatient treatment and overseeing the resident and fellow on your team. The resident will see you on a daily basis and will talk with you about your progress and any day-to-day concerns.
Your family may call the fellow for an update on your condition. Family meetings are another good way to make sure everyone knows how your care is proceeding and when you will be discharged from the hospital. The social worker assigned to your hospital floor can arrange a family meeting with you, your loved ones and your medical team.
Visiting hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., seven days a week, with some exceptions. The number of visitors in your room is limited to two per patient at any time.
Children under age 14 may visit patient rooms under special circumstances. There should be only one child in a room at a time. To spend more time with children, you may use the solarium on your nursing floor.
If someone has a cold, sore throat, infectious disease or fever, they should not visit any patient room as cancer patients may be prone to catching an illness.
Nurses, called case managers, can help patients and their families plan for discharge from the Hospital. If you have any questions, ask your primary nurse to call the Case Management Office.
You will be discharged by 11 a.m. Please remember to make advance arrangements for your transportation home. If you have received medicine that dulls your alertness or causes noticeable physical reactions, a responsible adult must accompany you.
After you are discharged, you may be mailed a questionnaire about your hospital stay. Your comments will help us evaluate our services to continue providing quality patient care. If you have a problem or concern during your stay, please contact our Patient Relations Office at 215-728-3063.