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While you are a patient in this hospital, your responsibilities include the following:

The collaborative nature of healthcare requires that patients, or their families/surrogates, participate in their care. The effectiveness of care and patient satisfaction with the course of treatment depends, in part, on the patient fulfilling certain responsibilities.

  • You are responsible for providing information about your health, including past illnesses, hospital stays, and use of medicine.
  • You are responsible for asking questions when you do not understand information or instructions.
  • You are responsible for making sure that the hospital has a copy of your written advance directive if you have one.
  • If you believe you cannot follow through with your treatment, you are responsible for telling your doctor.
  • Onslow Memorial Hospital works to provide care efficiently and fairly to all patients and the community.  You and your visitor are responsible for being considerate of the needs of other patients, staff and the hospital.
  • You are responsible for providing information for insurance and for working with the hospital to arrange payment, when needed.
  • Your health depends not just on your hospital care, but in the long term, on the decisions you make in your daily life.  You are responsible for recognizing the effect of life style on your personal health.