Thank you for choosing Maine Coast Memorial Hospital to meet your healthcare needs. Since everyone has a role in making healthcare safe - physicians, nurses, administrators, technicians, and YOU our patient - we'd like to help you understand how you can do your part. You are the center of the healthcare team and can play an important role by becoming an active partner in your health care.
Speaking up when you have questions or concerns.
Don't be embarrassed about asking questions. Tell someone if you think they may be making a mistake. Let someone know if you feel unsafe. When you are a patient in the hospital, make sure your caregiver checks your wristband or asks your name before any medication is given or any tests are done.
Educating yourself about your diagnosis and the medical tests you are having.
Gather information about your condition. Understand any procedure you are having and the reason for it. Ask for the results of tests or procedures. Should you need to be hospitalized, be sure you receive and understand instructions for follow-up care.
Participating in ALL decisions about your healthcare.
Make sure you are comfortable with any planned treatment. Don't be afraid to seek a second opinion. Ask your caregiver to explain what the treatment is expected to achieve and if there are any alternative treatments. Make sure you read and understand any forms you are asked to sign.
Talking with your doctor and healthcare team.
Choose a doctor with whom you feel comfortable. Take a trusted friend or family member with you, even to the hospital, so he or she can help you ask questions and understand the information being discussed. If you are a hospital patient, discuss your care and your condition with your nurse, therapist, and doctor. Make sure you understand your condition and treatment plan and what is expected of you. Completely describe your medical history and symptoms to your doctor and nurse.
Educating yourself about the medications you are taking.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about the medicines you are taking including any over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin. Make sure your doctor and pharmacist are aware of any herbal supplements you are taking