Your room assignment at our hospital is based on your admitting
diagnosis and the bed availability on the day of your admission. Private
(single bed) and semiprivate (two beds) rooms are available. Medical
insurance usually does not cover the full cost of a private room.
Bryn Mawr Hospital is pleased to offer our patients “Just For You” room
service–a personalized approach to menu selection. This allows
patients that are able, to order from a menu anytime between the hours
of 6:30 am–6:30 pm.
Our staff can assist you in making menu selections and explain any
choices unfamiliar to you.
In the event that room service is not appropriate for a patient, a meal
tray will be delivered automatically at meal times, according to the
If you prefer a vegetarian or Kosher diet, please mention this to your
nurse. Also, please alert us to any food allergies you may have.
Your meal may be delayed due to scheduled medical tests or procedures. A
courtesy meal tray will be provided when medically allowed after your
Your visitors may dine with you in your room. They may select from our
regular patient menu. The charge for visitor meals will be added to your
The hospital cafe is also available to family members and visitors.
Your Hospital Bed
Hospital beds are electrically operated, and your nurse or patient care
technician will show you how to work your bed properly. Your hospital
bed is probably higher and narrower than your bed at home. Bedside rails
are for your protection. They may be raised at night or during the day
if you are resting, recovering from surgery or taking certain
All rooms in the hospital are centrally heated and air conditioned. If
your room temperature is not comfortable, please notify the nursing
Calling Your Nurse
A button to call your nurse is located at your bedside. When you press
the button, the nursing station is alerted that you need assistance, and
a light flashes above your door. A staff member will respond to your
signal as soon as possible.
During the Night
Please stay in bed after you have been prepared for the night. Strange
surroundings and sleeping medications may create a hazard if you get out
of bed. For assistance during the night, use your call button.
Fire and Disaster Drills
State regulations require that hospitals conduct periodic fire and
disaster drills. Do not be disturbed if you see or hear a practice drill
in progress. The door to your room may close automatically during these
drills. You will receive instructions from hospital personnel in the
event of an actual emergency.
Be Your Own Best Advocate
Know Your Caregivers
All healthcare workers involved in your care should introduce themselves
when they enter your room, and they should be wearing an identification
badge. Be sure to ask each individual to explain his or her role in your
Understand Your Condition
Ask your doctor or nurse to explain your condition and recommended
treatments. Write down important facts.
Explain Your Current Medications
Tell your doctors, nurses and pharmacists about every medicine you are
taking. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines and
dietary supplements, such as vitamins and herbs.
Understand Surgical Procedures
If you are having surgery, ask for a complete explanation of the
procedure and the reason for it. Make sure that you and your doctor
agree and are clear about what will be done.
Read All Forms
Read all medical forms and ask a doctor or nurse to explain anything you
don’t understand. Do not sign the forms until you are sure you are clear
on the details.
Ask About Your IV
If you are being given medicine intravenously (IV), ask the nurse how
long it should take for the liquid to “run out.” Tell the nurse if it
doesn’t seem to be dripping properly (that is, too fast or too slow).
Request Test Results
If you have a test performed but don’t hear the results, ask for them.
Do not assume that everything is all right just because you
don’t hear back.
Understand Your In-Hospital Medications
If in-hospital medications are prescribed:
Ask for an explanation. When a medication is
prescribed, ask your doctor to explain why. Ask again when you
receive your medicines.
Communicate about allergies and reactions. Make
sure your doctors, nurses and pharmacists know about allergies
and adverse reactions you have had to medicines.
Be sure the medicine is yours. If you do not
recognize the name of a medicine, ask the doctor or nurse to
confirm that the medicine is for you.
Be sure you can read the prescription. If your
doctor writes a prescription and you find it hard to read, ask
the doctor to clarify it.
Bryn Mawr Hospital
New Appointments 1.866.CALL.MLH or 484.580.1000
Bryn Mawr Hospital
130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.