Preparing for Your Hospital Stay

Pre-admission appointment

If you're having surgery, schedule a preadmission appointment.

Also see Preparing for Your Surgery (translated documents) 

Things to Know Before You Come for a Hospital Stay (PDF formats)

Download this document for general information.

Paperwork/Information to bring to Patient Registration

To assist with the admission process, we will ask you for certain documents and information, such as:

  • Social Security Number
  • Medicare card, if applicable
  • Military ID card,if applicable
  • Insurance card(s), including prescription card
  • Insurance claim forms (completed and signed), if applicable
  • Medicaid coupon, Healthy Options card, award letter or verification of application
  • Physician referral/authorization forms
  • Copay or deductible
  • Copies of Advance Directives, if desired
  • Complete list of personal medications (Personal Medication Record)

If you have any questions, please call the Swedish Pre-Admission Center at the appropriate campus:

Swedish Ballard - 206-781-6245

Swedish Cherry Hill - 206-215-3200

Swedish First Hill - 206-215-3200

Swedish Edmonds - 425-640-4220

Swedish Issaquah - 425-313-7000

Personal items to pack before coming to the hospital (overnight stays only)

  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Book or magazine
  • Hairbrush, comb, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal items such as contact lenses, eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures and prostheses

A note about medications

Your doctor will need a list of any medicines you normally take. Prescription drugs should not be brought to the hospital. We will provide all the medications you need during your stay.

Smoke-free environment

All Swedish locations are smoke-free. This means smoking is not allowed on Swedish property, owned or leased, including parking garages and lots. While you are a Swedish patient, you will not be allowed to smoke during your stay in the hospital. Learn more about Smoking Cessation Resources for Patients & Visitors.