Patients & Visitors

   
  Inpatient services at Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
   

Inpatient Information

Settling In
Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during your inpatient stay. Our rooms contain all the amenities found in mainland hospitals: electronic bed, nurse call button, telephone and color TV. There is no charge for local calls. For long distance calls, please be prepared to call the operator with your calling card or credit card. Television service is free of charge and includes the major networks.

Nursing Care
Many nurses hold national certifications in their individual areas of expertise (critical care, oncology, obstetrics, emergency care, etc.). Registered nurses have advanced cardiac life support certification. Many have pediatric advanced life support, as well. Our nurses are committed to providing the community with personal, high quality care.

Meals
The Nantucket Cottage Hospital Food Service Department provides you with nutritious and appetizing meals that follow your physician's dietary recommendations.

A menu will be provided to you each morning with your breakfast tray. The menu you fill out will be for the following day. We ask that you complete your selections by 10:00 a.m. A member of the Food Service Department will come to your room to collect your menu and provide assistance with your selections.

Meals are served at the following times:

Breakfast 7:45 a.m.
Lunch 11:45 a.m.
Dinner 4:45 p.m.

A registered dietitian is available to answer any questions regarding your dietary restrictions and to address other nutritional concerns you may have.In the event you would like a hot or cold beverage or a snack, please ask your nurse.
Guests may purchase meal tickets. Please see the Visitor Information section for cafeteria hours and information.

Your Personals
Nantucket Cottage Hospital recommends that you limit the number of valuables you bring with you during your stay.
In the event you wish to protect your valuables, they will be stored in the hospital safe.

Non-Smoking Campus
Nantucket Cottage Hospital is committed to providing the safest and healthiest environment for our patients, visitors and staff. For this reason, it is a non-smoking campus.

Latex-Free Facility

Nantucket Cottage Hospital is a latex-free facility.

Going Home
Your health care team begins preparing for your discharge the moment that you arrive. Multidisciplinary case conferences for the purpose of discharge planning are available throughout your stay. On the day of discharge, you will need to make arrangements for your trip home. The nursing or social work staff is available to help with logistics.

Before you go home, you will be given an instruction sheet detailing the results of your care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. The sheet includes a medication schedule, activity limitations, special diet orders and other important information, all of which will be reviewed with you prior to discharge.

You are encouraged to ask any questions about your discharge plan. Should you feel that you are not quite ready for discharge, you should communicate this with the nursing or social work staff.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital encourages patients to participate in the decision-making process of providing their care. Your questions and input are vital.

 
Nantucket Cottage Hospital is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare.