Making you feel better is our top priority.

We want your hospital visit to be as easy and comfortable as possible. When you check in to Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center, rest assured our highly skilled care teams put your health and well-being first.

We treat you like a person, not a patient. Whether you need help getting around the center, have questions about your treatment, need someone to interpret for you, or want a cup of water, our team members are always available to help.

If you have any questions during your visit or stay, call the hospital.

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Patient Handbook

Learn more about care decision planning, your rights and responsibilities, safety, hospital stay details and more.

Hospital stay

If you are staying at New Hanover Regional Medical Center overnight, the following information will help you know what to expect. 

What to bring 

  • Mobile phone and/or tablet
  • ID card
  • Insurance card 
  • Sleepwear
  • Toiletries, eyewear, dentures and the containers for these items 
  • List of your current medications (leave medications at home)

We recommend that you leave all valuables at home, as we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. If you do bring valuables, please ask Company Police to store them in the hospital's safe. 

Label your things with your name. 


While you should bring a list of your current medications, please do not bring your medications with you to the hospital. You can only be given medications from home if hospital medical staff prescribe it.

Your room 

Your room will include a: 

  • TV
  • Private bathroom
  • Nurse call button for when you need help


You can choose when you want to eat. Just order from the menu and our team will deliver a fresh, hot meal to your room. A chef’s choice may be delivered if you arrive after orders have been placed.

If you have dietary restrictions, special meals will be provided to you.

Leaving your unit 

Please stay in your room until your doctor has made rounds and treatments are complete. Ask the nurses' station if your doctor has given approval for you to leave the unit and let staff know how to reach you. 

End of your stay (discharge) 

When your doctor determines you are ready to go home, they will: 

  • Give written discharge authorization
  • Review your follow-up care instructions with you (You will get a copy.)

Your follow-up instructions will cover things like appointments, medications and incision care.