Your Hospital Room
Your room assignment at Doctors Hospital of Laredo is based upon your diagnosis and the bed availability on the day of your admission. Private (single bed) and semi-private (two-bed) rooms are available. Arrangements for a private room are generally made in the Admissions office. Please inform your nurse so she/he can make arrangements with the admitting office staff should you wish to change to a private room from a semi-private room. Most insurance companies do not cover the difference between the cost of a private and a semi-private room.
Calling Your Nurse
All rooms, except the Intensive Care Unit, are equipped with an intercom system. Patient bathrooms are also equipped with an emergency call system. You will receive instructions on their use.
Your Hospital Bed
Hospital beds can be adjusted. The beds are equipped with side rails that must be raised while you are asleep or sedated. Call your nurse for assistance.
All rooms in the hospital are centrally heated and air conditioned. If the temperature in your room is not comfortable, please notify the nursing staff.
Color television sets are provided in each room for your enjoyment.
Telephones are provided in each room for your convenience. Please give your phone number to friends and family so they can dial you directly.
Outgoing calls can be made at any time. Incoming calls can be received only between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Should you not want to receive phone calls, inform the nurse, who will arrange to restrict your calls.
Local calls may be made at any time from the room by dialing 9 + the number.
Long distance and toll calls can be made at any time (using a calling card or major credit card) by dialing 8 + 0 + area code and the number.
During the Night
Please stay in bed after you have been prepared for the night. Strange surroundings and sleeping medications may create a hazard if you get out of bed. For assistance during the night, use your call button.
Leaving the Unit
Please check with your physician or nurse to determine if you have walking privileges. An escort may be necessary even if you do have walking privileges. Please notify your nurse upon leaving and returning to the unit. It is important to stay in your room until your doctor has made rounds and treatments have been completed.