While You're in the Hospital

Consent to Treatment / Informed Consent
At Grace Hospital, we respect the decisions and choices you make about your care. You may be asked to sign a consent form for specific procedures and or surgeries. Before signing, you should have all the information and a full understanding of the situation. If you do have questions, please consult with your physician. The decision to accept or refuse treatment is yours.

Health Care Directive
A Health Care Directive is a personal care document that describes your wishes for your care, in the event that you are unable to make those wishes known. If you have such a document, please advise our staff when you are admitted. For more information on Health Care Directives, please ask your health care provider. Patients may also be asked to participate in discussions about Advanced Care Planning - Goals of Care.

Health Care Information
Ask your nurse for information about your care, including relevant brochures and pamphlets. The television in your room also offers a patient education channel free of charge. The Bill Larson Library, which is wheelchair accessible, is located on the ground floor, with access through the Northwest Café. It is open to you, your family and the community at large, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Library staff can assist you in locating relevant health care information through the materials in the library, and on-line through the internet.

Abuse
At Grace Hospital we provide respectful and compassionate care. We recognize that wait times and other circumstances can be a source of frustration. We ask for your patience, and promise to do everything we can to assure that your needs are addressed as quickly as possible. You can expect respect and courtesy from our staff, and we request the same from you. Abusive behaviour toward staff, patients and visitors is not permitted at Grace Hospital.

Infection Prevention and Control
Handwashing is the single most important way to prevent the spread of infections. Staff at Grace Hospital use practices to prevent the spread of infection. To protect our patients and visitors we ask that all visitors wash their hands before they enter a patient room and after leaving a patient room. Antimicrobial hand gel dispensers are strategically located in corridors and patient rooms to assist you with this. At times you will see a sign on a patient door that shows precautions that must be observed. This sign indicates that the patient is on isolation and you may need to wear gloves, gowns or a mask to visit. Please consult with a staff member before entering any room with a precaution sign on the door.

Latex Allergies
It is requested that patients/visitors refrain from bringing latex balloons to Grace Hospital, as many patients, staff and visitors have allergies to latex.

Room Accommodations
In general, patients are admitted to standard room accommodations. A standard room features four patient beds. Semi-private (2 beds) and private (single bed) accommodations are sometimes available. In some instances your private health insurance will cover the cost of semi-private or private accommodations. It is the patient's responsibility to know what your private health insurance will cover and whether or not maximum amounts of coverage have been reached. All semi-private or private room costs not covered by insurance become the financial obligation of the patient. Please declare your desire for such accommodations when admitted. Proof of insurance and/or a credit card will be required to secure semi-private or private accommodations.

Please Note: Semi-private and private accommodations are subject to availability and within infection control practices.

Further Note: Occasionally, you may be required to vacate semi-private or private accommodations due to special circumstances, such as quarantines, or to accommodate the needs of critically ill patients.

Further Note: Standard semi-private room accommodations are often co-ed. Each separate bed has a privacy curtain.
Transfer to Another Hospital or Health Care Facility
At times you may need to be transferred to another hospital for special tests or procedures, or to accommodate your recovery or long-term care needs. Such transfers will be coordinated by your health care team, who will keep you fully informed of the process.
Please note: Certain transfers may not be covered under your Manitoba Health coverage.

Valuables & Personal Belongings
Grace Hospital is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged patient valuables or personal belongings. We recommend that you do not bring valuable or irreplaceable personal belongings with you for your stay (please consult our list of recommendations of what to bring and what not to bring in the "Preparing for Your Stay" section of this guide). We further recommend that you not bring large amounts of cash. You may want to keep a small amount of cash on hand (less than $20) for small purchases such as newspapers, magazines, etc.

You are responsible for the safekeeping of your personal belongings during your stay. We recommend that you clearly label all necessary belongings such as eyeglasses and dental appliance containers. If you bring clothing such as robes and pajamas, please assure that they are labeled as well. Grace Hospital is not responsible for laundering personal linens.

Safekeeping
If you have been admitted with large amounts of cash or other major valuables, and cannot send them home with family or friends, we can hold them for safekeeping in our Cashier Office. Please talk to a member of your health care team about having your valuables placed in safekeeping.

Lost & Found
Found items can be submitted to the Inquiry Desk located in the Admitting area. To inquire about lost items please call Security at 204-837-0366 (ext. 2366 within the hospital). If you do lose something, please also tell your health care provider.

Television Service
Effective March 1, 2014, SelectVu will begin installing new hardware and software to bring an exciting state-of-the-art bedside entertainment experience to our patients are their families. This new evolution in technology will offer television, phone, internet, games, movies and much more.

Presently, cable-based television services will continue to be offered through our existing units at new lower prices. Free telephone service will continue uninterrupted while the current hardware is in place. SelectVu will now manage the existing system, and the phone number to access service has changed but the process remains the same. Patients and/or family members simply call in to activate the service.

To access SelectVu services or if you are having difficulties with the system, please contact 204-787-7905. To learn more about SelectVu, please visit their website.

Postal Service
Volunteers deliver in-hospital mail to all departments and post mail for patients. You can ask a volunteer to help you write a letter or read cards and letters you receive. A Canada Post drop box is located in the main lobby.

Telephones
Telephones are located in all patient rooms. All local calls are free of charge. You must dial "7" first to access an outside line. Access to long distance calling is not available in patient rooms. A pay phone is located in the hallway by the main elevators and pre-paid phone cards are available in the gift shop.

Fire Safety
Fire safety is an important concern. Staff are well-trained in fire safety protocol, and will assist you in the event of an emergency. Fire drills are held regularly. During a fire alarm staff will close your door. If you are in another area of the hospital, please remain there until the "all clear" is announced. Visitors should remain at the bedside with you during a fire alarm.

Cell Phones & Other Wireless Communication Devices
The use of cellular phones and other wireless devices is permitted in Grace Hospital, except where indicated.

Smoking
In accordance with City of Winnipeg Outdoor Smoking By-Law No. 62/2011 and WRHA policy, Grace Hospital is a smoke free facility. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property of Grace Hospital, including all entryways, grounds and parking areas.

Newspapers
Copies of the newspaper are available for purchase in the Gift Shop and in newspaper boxes located outside of the Admitting Area.

Bill Larson Library
The Bill Larson Library at the Grace Hospital is a branch of the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Libraries. It supports the learning, research and patient care activities of the clinicians, staff, and affiliated students located at the Grace Hospital. The Library also provides the Consumer and Patient Health Information Service to assist patients and the public with their health information needs.

The Bill Larson Library provides access to a growing collection of print and electronic resources including books, videos, and databases. The Library collects material in medicine, nursing, the allied health fields, hospital administration, and patient care. There is also a collection of consumer health books for patients, families and the public. The library’s collections and services are developed to support the programs offered at Grace Hospital.

The Library is located on the ground floor of the hospital with access through the cafeteria.

Circulation Desk: 204-837-0518 or email us at gghlibrary@umanitoba.ca
Visit the Library online at http://libguides.lib.umanitoba.ca/grace