If you are anything like me, hospitals are a little scary. More times than not, you are not there for a good reason. You are either sick or hurt, or visiting somebody close to you that is. I find the more I know about a place before I visit, the less anxious or nervous I am in going there. For that reason, I want to focus on things one can expect when they go to a hospital.
Usually the first thing you find when you walk into a hospital is that it’s busy. There is rarely a slow time in a hospital. You’ll see other people, possibly like yourself, who are injured and needing immediate attention. You’ll also see a multitude of different workers who help make the hospital run smoothly. Most times when you walk in the building, you walk directly into a waiting room with a main desk with clerks to take down your information and facilitate the traffic. You walk up to the main desk, and you’ll have to tell the clerk why you are there. If you are indeed injured, there will be many forms you will have to fill out. These forms typically include personal health history including your current Physician, the incident that brought you into the hospital that day, insurance information so that the hospital can bill for their services correctly & efficiently and various legal forms allowing release of medical information and forms releasing the hospital from liability. Even though you may think that your particular injury is the end of the world, you will have to fill out a mountain of paperwork before being seen by the doctor. This is to help the hospital best assist you and protect themselves. Continue reading