Inpatient Care

Patients who are to remain in the hospital overnight, whether it is for recovery or for a treatment over a longer period of time, are considered inpatients. Inpatients are treated by physicians, registered nurses, registered practical nurses, and personal support workers, whose task is to see to their comfort during their convalescence. When an inpatient is admitted to Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital, the assigned nurse first makes an assessment of the patient's condition. Then, a personalized CARE PLAN will be developed and followed by the HGMH staff and the patient. To assist the nurse in creating the most appropriate care plan for you, we ask that our inpatients bring ALL medications, including those that are herbal, homeopathic, and/or vitamins. All personal belongings are the responsibility of the patient and/or the patient's family members. As a patient, you will be required to only take the medications given to you in the hospital and no others. This policy is designed to protect our patients from potentially harmful interactions between medications.

Here are some helpful reminders of what to bring to hospital with you:

  • toothbrush, toothpaste
  • hairbrush
  • glasses
  • dentures
  • walking shoes or slippers with non-skid soles

The nurses at HGMH will do their best to help you with any other details that need seeing to while you are with us. Things such as notifying friends and family, and cancelling weekly or daily services (for example: meals-on-wheels) can easily slip one's mind when checking into a hospital. Our nursing staff would gladly do what they can to ease your mind so as to help you get well quickly.

Recreational Activities

Inpatients are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities in the activity and courtyard area. These activities generally take place during the mornings from Monday to Friday. The HGMH Activity Coordinator is assisted by the HGMH Auxiliary. The activities are designed to help patients in Complex Continuing Care and Rehabilitation to maintain skills and hobbies, develop new skills and friendships, provide stimulation, and encourage independence.

Upon Discharge from the Inpatient Units

  • Discharge time is 11:00am, following the doctor's rounds.
  • Should you require assistance in arranging transportation home, discuss with your nurse.
  • Please remember to collect all your belongings, including any medications.
  • The nurse will give you a revised list of medications which your doctor will have reviewed.
  • Any follow-up appointments will be clearly indicated on your discharge sheet.
  • If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask the physician or nurse. For example, you may have questions regarding your medications, follow-up tests, or where to get results of the tests that are being arranged. We thank you for helping us ensure that your care plan is clear to you.
  • Should you have any additional questions after discharge, please feel free to call the Nursing Desk at 613.525.2222 x4125.


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