Information on hospitalization
Our hospital has been approved as a "Community Medical Support Hospital" and is promoting community-based medical care, focusing on referrals and reverse referrals between medical institutions, based on cooperation and role sharing with local medical institutions. Please note that we may consult with you about the medical institutions to which you will be transferred soon after your admission.
Procedures for hospitalization
Hospitalization procedures are handled at the Hospitalization Support Center on the 2nd floor of the outpatient department.
Necessary items for hospitalization procedures
- Hospitalization application form, medical fee payment guarantee, DPC questionnaire
- Hospital discharge certificate (for those who have been discharged from another medical institution within the past 3 months)
- Health insurance card
- Medical Voucher, Eligibility Certificate for
Ceiling-Amount Application, Eligibility Certificate for Ceiling-Amount Application and Reduction of the Standard Amount of Patient Liability (for those who have the certificate)
- Admitting Questionnaire
What to prepare for hospitalization
- Toiletries (including facial soap, wash basin, toothbrush, toothpaste, body soap, shampoo, shaver, hairbrush, etc.)
- Items used for meals (chopsticks, spoons, aprons (if necessary), etc.)
- Daily necessities (cups, towels, bath towels, underwear, pajamas, footwear, facial tissue, hangers, etc.)
To prevent theft, please do not bring more cash or valuables than necessary to the hospital. The hospital will not be responsible for any theft.
To ensure that your current medications do not interfere with your treatment during hospitalization, they will be reviewed by a pharmacist after admission procedures are complete. Please bring the following items:
- Current medications (including over-the-counter medications)
- Medication that has been temporarily discontinued on doctor"s orders for hospitalization or surgery
- Medication instructions and your medication record book
Hospitalization Support Center
We provide safe and secure inpatient medical care and support patients to lead an anxiety-free recuperation.
Ehime Prefectural Central Hospital is an acute-care hospital that provides advanced medical care, accepting approximately 50 admissions per day. In October 2016, we enhanced and strengthened the system and functions of the Preoperative Support Center, which was first established in April 2015 to support patients who underwent surgery, and renamed as the Hospitalization Support Center for all hospitalized patients.
The center is equipped with an explanation room (a private meeting room), anesthesiology consultation room, medication confirmation counter, and hospitalization reception counter, making it possible for patients and their families to receive necessary explanations and procedures for hospitalization and surgery in one place, thus improving convenience for them.
The Hospitalization Support Center provides patients and their families with an environment where they can consult with the nurse in charge and a place and time where they can express their concerns, and provides them with peace of mind by explaining about hospitalization and surgery.
Regarding medications, patients meet with pharmacists in advance to check if there are any medications that should be withdrawn before hospitalization or surgery. In addition, for patients who are about to undergo surgery, we strive to fully understand their medical history and comorbidities, and contribute to perioperative safety management by establishing a multidisciplinary check system led by anesthesiologists.
The Hospitalization Support Center staff will do their utmost to assist hospitalized patients and their families.
Your Hospital Stay
- Meals are generally served at the above times. Meals can also be taken in the dayroom of the ward.
- If you wish to leave the hospital premises or stay overnight elsewhere, submission of a notification form and permission from your doctor are required. Please consult the nurse.
- Lights-out is at 9:30 p.m. Please refrain from using the TV after lights-out.
- The security system in the hospital will be in operation during the following hours. Please ask the ward staff for a security card if you wish to move around the hospital.
- Weekdays 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next morning, Holidays 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. the next day
- Smoking is strictly prohibited on the premises of this hospital. Drinking alcohol is also strictly prohibited.
- As a general rule, family members are not required to accompany hospitalized patients.
- Due to limited parking spaces, parking is not permitted during hospitalization. However, when transporting patients to and from the hospital, or when family members are called to come to the hospital for post-operative explanations, witnessing examinations, etc., the parking fee will be waived. Please have your parking lot ticket stamped at the ward staff desk of the ward where the patient is admitted. After that, please go to the Information Counter at the front of the main entrance between 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on weekdays, or to the Disaster Prevention Center (after-hours reception) between 7:00 p.m. and the following morning on weekdays and on weekends and holidays to apply for the exemption.
- Except for hospital rooms such as the Intensive Care Unit, each bed is equipped with a TV (with earphones) and a refrigerator (you may not bring your own). When using a TV in a room other than a private room, we ask that you use earphones in consideration of the patients in the same room. Except for private rooms and special rooms, a special prepaid card is required for use (TV: 200 JPY/day, refrigerator: 100 JPY/day).
- Please use your cell phone with good manners so as not to disturb other patients.
- As a general rule, it is not possible to consult other medical institutions or receive prescriptions from other medical institution while you are hospitalized due to the insurance system. If you need to visit another medical institution, please inform the ward nurse in advance so that the hospital can take the necessary procedures.
- Please follow the instructions and guidance of the doctors and nurses regarding your medical treatment. If you interfere with the operation of the hospital or cause inconvenience to others, we may deem it impossible to treat you. We ask for your cooperation in providing appropriate medical care.
About Medical Safety
We take the following measures to ensure that patients receive assuring medical care. We ask for your cooperation.
- Wearing a wristband
- Personal identification during examinations, injections, and intravenous drips
- Coughing Etiquette
- Hand Washing
- Prevention of falls
- Nurses" safety checks
Payment of hospitalization expenses
The invoice "Notice of Payment and Receipt" will be given to you at the following time, so please pay it at the automatic payment machine on the first floor or at the General Reception payment counter by the due date.
- Those who are hospitalized at the end of the month: Between the 10th to 15th of the following month
- Discharged patients: At the time of discharge
DPC system for medical expenses
Our hospital has been designated by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare as a "DPC Hospital" since April 1, 2012.
Medical expenses are not calculated using the "pay-for-service" method, which calculates each medical treatment. The calculation is based on the "comprehensive evaluation method (DPC)," which combines the comprehensive evaluation portion (including basic hospitalization fees, medication, injections, tests, diagnostic imaging, and procedures) and the pay-for service evaluation portion (surgery, anesthesia, rehabilitation, radiotherapy, guidance fees, etc.), which consists of fixed medical costs per day determined by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare based on the name of the disease and the medical treatment.
System to reduce out-of-pocket medical expenses
If you apply to your insurer for a " Eligibility Certificate for
Ceiling-Amount Application" or Eligibility Certificate for Ceiling-Amount Application and Reduction of the Standard Amount of Patient Liability" and present these certificates to the counter of a medical institution, your medical expenses covered by insurance will be reduced. If you have any questions about the medical fee reduction system, please contact the General Reception desk on the first floor of the medical building.
Procedures for discharge from the hospital
Procedures for discharge from the hospital
- On the day of discharge, please receive your medication from your hospital ward.
- Please take all of your belongings from the bedside table and lockable safe with you.
- The staff in charge of inpatient accounting will bring the bill "Notice of Payment and Receipt" and the discharge certificate to your hospital room. Please pay at the automatic payment machine or at the General Reception payment counter on the first floor.
Medical and other certificates
From the day before discharge, you are able to apply for various medical certificates and certificates related to your hospitalization.
Reception desk: General Reception desk of the 1st floor of the clinical building (for the receipt of documents)
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays (except holidays)
The reception counter is not open on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, or after-hours on weekdays.