Hospital Patient Guide
We take great care to meet all of your needs–and exceed your expectations–during your stay. We also work to make sure your loved ones and visitors are looked after as part of your support team.
Before Your Hospital Stay
What Should I Bring?
For Your Hospital Stay:
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing; be sure to dress warmly for the trip home, which will decrease your risk of surgical site infection.
- Do not wear make-up or lipstick.
- Leave all jewelry at home.
- For your safety, rings, jewelry, and body piercings must be removed prior to surgery. If you cannot remove your rings, a jeweler can, and he should be able to size the ring to fit you properly.
- Bring crutches, walker or cane if you will be needing them.
Overnight patients may want to bring their own toilet articles (hairbrush, comb, shampoo, toothbrush, and toothpaste), a book or magazine, and personal items such as contact lenses, eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures, and prostheses. Please leave money, credit cards, jewelry and valuables at home.
Should I Bring Medications? Yes! Please bring a list of your current medications with you. We request that you only bring your inhaler and eye drops (if you are spending the night) with you. Your physician may prescribe medication for you to take home after surgery. If you would like, you may have them filled at LVMC pharmacy when you are discharged.
Sometimes medical situations arise that prevent people from communicating their wishes about medical intervention and/or life-prolonging care. You can communicate your decisions in written documents called Advance Directives, which enable your chosen decision-maker to speak for you if you are ever unable to express your medical wishes. This advanced planning reduces uncertainty about how you want to be cared for at the end of life.
If you have an Advance Directive, please bring copies when you come to the hospital. If you would like to establish an Advanced Directive, please let us know upon your arrival.
For your privacy, you may choose to NOT be listed in our hospital patient directory.
If you choose to be in the patient directory:
- Under HIPAA, if a person inquires about you by your name, hospital staff may release your location.
- No other information may be released without your written consent.
If you choose not to be in the patient directory:
- Your name will not appear in the patient information system.
- Anyone who comes to the hospital or calls for you will not be told you are a patient.
- Flowers and mail will be returned to the sender.
- You should notify family and friends of your room number if you would like them to visit you; they will not be able to get that information at the Information Desk.
Surgery and Obstetric Patients
Coming in for Surgery?
Read through our Hospital Surgery Guide to better understand how to prepare for your surgery and recovery.Learn more
Having Your Baby
We Deliver!Learn more about our Birthing Center's delivery recovery and postpartum (LDRP) suites and what to expect for your delivery. We know your child’s birth is special, whether it’s your first baby or your fourth.Learn more
During Your Hospital Stay
Find out how your loved ones can come visit you during your hodpital stay. Please be aware of current COVID-19 restrictions. Please note Lompoc Valley Medical Center is a “No Pets” facility. Only service dogs are permitted. LVMC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Hospital Doctor
"Hospitalists" are physicians who care for patients while they are in the hospital. They are available to their patients at any time, eliminating the need to wait for a visit during morning or evening rounds.
Receiving Medications Safely at the Hospital
Medication safety means you get the right medicine, the correct dose, at the right times. During your stay at Lompoc Valley Medical Center, your healthcare team has many safeguards in place to make sure this happens. You can also help ensure that you get medications safely while you’re in the hospital. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a non-profit organization devoted to medication error prevention and safe medication use, has created a series of short web articles to help prepare you for your stay with us. We encourage you to take the time to read the material provided so you have the information to help make sure you or your loved ones get the right medicines the right way.
We want your stay with us to be as pleasant as possible, so we've designed our patient rooms and facilities to be home-like and soothing.
Our patient rooms include Soothing colors and professional artwork, Soft lights, dimmable reading lights, State of the art comfortable beds, Bathrooms with showers, plenty of space for visitors, Daybeds for overnight guests, Ample storage, HD television, Large windows, Free WiFi.
Your patient room is equipped with a large format of digital television. All of the channels are in HD, including our local channels. If you are a CCU and LDRP patient we feature an in-room stereo system. We have limited the volume to keep the environment comfortable for all of our patients. You may also have a friend bring in any game console, video player, tablet or use your phone and plug it into the provided jacks on the wall.
The Lompoc Valley Medical Center Gift Shoppe offers a variety of items for sale aimed to bring comfort to patients and visitors alike. Along with the popular flowers, cards, balloons, and candy, jewelry, books, stuffed animals, shoppers will also find unexpected delights tuned to the seasons. As well as select artwork featured throughout the hospital.
- Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Monday - Friday: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
- Closed Holidays
We realize the importance of reflection, especially in a health care environment. The Meditation Room is a separate space where you can retreat when you need a moment away from distractions. You are encouraged to use the room for the purpose of prayer, meditation, and private conversations between family and medical staff. The room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.