What to Expect

A hospital stay need not be a scary prospect. You can reduce your stress and discomfort by knowing what to expect before you arrive. To help you feel more prepared, we’ve compiled a list below of frequently asked questions about surgeries or hospital stays.

Please also feel free to contact us with any additional questions or suggestions.

Getting ready for:

  • A hospital stay
  • Surgery
  • The day of surgery

Preparing for a Hospital Visit

Preparing for Surgery

Keeping You Safe and Secure

Here are some of the ways that we ensure your safety and security while you are with us:


Our hospital is a nonsmoking facility and smoking is not permitted anywhere on campus.

Wheelchair Assistance

If you need the assistance of a wheelchair, simply ask a member of the hospital staff and we will be happy to accommodate you. Wheelchairs are available on all nursing units.


All medications taken while in the hospital must be prescribed by your doctor, dispended by the hospital pharmacy and administered by a nurse. For your safety, you’re not permitted to administer your own drugs or keep personal medications that are not prescribed by your doctor.

Fire Safety

The hospital regularly conducts fire and disaster drills. If a drill occurs while you are here, please remain calm and stay in your room. Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett is a fire-resistant building and our staff members are trained in fire protection. If you see or suspect a fire while in the hospital, dial extension 5555 to report it. You should also notify your nurse immediately. Special regulations are in effect in areas where patients are receiving oxygen. Electrically operated equipment and aerosol products are not permitted in these areas. Absolutely no smoking is permitted in any room where oxygen is in use or on standby.

Your Valuables

We request that you do not bring valuable items with you when visiting the hospital. However, if you do bring an item of value, it can be deposited in the safe in our Safety and Security Office. You can dial extension 7007 for more information about the storage of valuables.