It is better if you bring someone with you - especially to
assist you when traveling - but many patients do travel alone.
If you must travel alone we do make sure you have transportation and round the clock
care. You will be asked to adhere to the following guidelines if
you are traveling alone for surgery:
Your guest can be any
friend or family member at least 16 years old or older.
Your spouse is preferable, but we realize that is not always possible.
If you are driving you must have another driver 21 or older with you.
Meeting with and/or traveling with another patient is
not the same as having someone with you. Each
patient will need to have a family member or friend staying in their
room or pay
for private nursing. There are exceptions for couples having surgery, so please email for more details.
If you come
alone and refuse to pay for private nursing, you will be sent home
Bringing a guest
is encouraged. Your (one) guest will ride in the shuttle for free,
be allowed to stay in the hospital room with you during your entire
stay (rooms are equipped for one guest to sleep comfortably), and will
also be provided meals during regular hospital meal times (no charge).
If you bring a second person there will be additional fees for
shuttle and meals. If you have more than two guests, a hotel
room will be necessary for additional guests. If you check in
after meal time, there are places to eat near the hospital to eat.
Someone from the staff will be willing to assist your guest with
getting food (please bring extra funds for eating out).