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Safety and Security

Your ID Bracelet

Once you are admitted you are given a special ID bracelet that states your name, hospital room number, physician's name, and other important information. Your ID bracelet must be worn at all times. Parents of newborn babies are given additional ID bracelets.

No Smoking

Centra Southside Community Hospital is a tobacco-free campus.

Electrical Appliances

Centra Southside Community Hospital does allow patients to have electrical appliances that do not belong to the hospital in their rooms. The Plant Operations department MUST check these appliances prior to using the appliance in the room. In order to have the appliance checked, please notify your nurse and ask her to contact Plant Operations.

Fire Drills

For your safety, Centra Southside Community Hospital conducts fire and other disaster drills at various times throughout the year. If you are a patient when one of these drills is conducted, stay in your room and do not get alarmed. The entire staff is aware of the procedures to follow and is thoroughly trained in fire rescue.


Medications, which you take while hospitalized, are prescribed by your physician, dispensed by the hospital pharmacy, and administered by a nurse. You are not allowed to administer your own medications during your hospitalization without physician approval.


Special regulations must be followed when patients are receiving oxygen. Electrically operated equipment and aerosol products are not permitted in areas where oxygen is in use.


Wheelchairs are available in the hospital lobby. Please ask for assistance from a member of our staff when getting in or out of a wheelchair. If you need a wheelchair and do not have one, ask your nurse to get one for you.

Cellular Phones

Cellular phone use is not permitted in inpatient care areas or areas where patient equipment is located. Cellular phone use is only permitted in the main entrance lobby and outside of the hospital. Cellular phones MUST BE TURNED OFF in prohibited areas.

Valuable and Lost Items (Patient Property)

If you have brought valuables with you such as jewelry, watches, or cash, we urge you to send them home with a family member or friend. We cannot assume responsibility for personal items left in your hospital room. If an item is lost, please inform your nurse as soon as you notice the item is missing. Items that have been misplaced and found are taken to the information desk.