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Patient information

Committed to making your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible

At Novant Health Gaffney Medical Center, our patients and their families come first. That’s why we do everything we can to help you get better and stay better – and that includes making your stay with us as comfortable as possible.

For more information about admission and discharge from Gaffney Medical Center, call


Your physician will make preliminary arrangements for your admission, testing or outpatient treatment. During admission, you will meet one of our patient registration representatives to complete the medical and legal forms required of all patients.

What to bring

Be sure to bring your insurance card and picture ID with you for registration. You may want to bring the following items for your stay:

  • Insurance card
  • Current medications
  • Sleepwear
  • Robe and slippers
  • Dentures and containers.
  • Grooming items (toothbrush, comb)
  • Glasses and glasses case
  • Contacts and container

If you have a Living Will or Healthcare Power of Attorney, please bring it with you. A copy will be made and will become part of your hospital record. 

Always tell the nursing staff about any medications you are taking and be sure to bring the medications with you to the hospital.

Do not bring

Do not bring electrical appliances such as a fan, heating pad, coffee pot or an electric blanket. 

Do not bring any valuable objects of a personal nature such as a watch, rings and other jewelry. 

If you bring personal belongings with you, please tell the nursing staff and the items will be secured in the hospital safe.

Patient dining

In partnership with Morrison Healthcare Food Service, Gaffney Medical Center is working to redefine hospital food. To accomplish this, we have created the Great Living Menu. This program helps patients discover that eating healthy can also be delicious. We use fresh, wholesome ingredients that treat your taste buds and your body. We take it a step further by teaching patients how to continue making these healthy choices once they return home.

Our food services are available through the Catering to You system, which provides personal, restaurant-style service, with a nutrition expert discussing menu choices and taking your order.

Preparing for surgery

We strive to make your visit to our hospital as smooth and stress-free as possible. One way to ease any concerns you may have is to familiarize yourself with our processes before your arrival.

In order to prepare, be sure to:

  • Stop eating and drinking after midnight before surgery, or as directed.
  • Ask when to stop taking aspirin or other blood thinners, herbs, vitamins and supplements. Some of these can interfere with surgery or interact with other medications.
  • Ask which medications you should continue to take.
  • If told to take your medication on the day of surgery, do so with only a sip of water, or as directed. If you smoke, cut down or quit. Gaffney Medical Center is a smoke-free campus.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled surgery time
Discharge planning

Your doctor will determine when you are ready to go home and will provide you with written authorization of discharge. At that time, your doctor or nurse will review any instructions for follow-up care with you and provide you with a copy of these instructions. Your discharge plan may include information about: 

  • Medications 
  • Foods to avoid with your medicines 
  • Use of equipment 
  • Available community services 
  • Care of your incision and pain management 
  • Activities of daily living 
  • Safety measures 
  • Follow-up appointments and care 
  • Special diet 
  • Financial concerns 
  • Lifestyle changes, such as stopping tobacco use

For more information about admission and discharge from Gaffney Medical Center, call 864-487-4271.