Patients and Visitors

What to bring

Current Medications

Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly is committed to providing quality patient care and continuous improvement through its participation in a national safety initiative aimed at preventing medication errors. Patients entering the hospital are asked to bring a list of their current medications and dosage amounts with them upon admission. Others may choose to bring the actual medications with them for nursing staff to document. Both of these practices are encouraged to help reduce the risk for medication errors during treatment.

Ask Me 3

Ask Me 3 is an educational program intended to help patients and their families be better informed about their medical care. Everyone wants help with health information. You are not alone if you find things confusing at times. Asking questions helps you understand how to stay well or to get better.

Every time you talk with members of our staff, use the Ask Me 3 questions to better understand your health. We want you to get the information you need to care for your health. Asking these questions can also help you prepare for medical tests and take your medicines the right way.

The questions

  1. What is my main problem?
  2. What do I need to do?
  3. Why is it important for me to do this?

Tips for clear health communication

  • Ask the 3 questions.
  • Bring a friend or family member to help you at your doctor visit.
  • Make a list of your health concerns to tell the doctor.
  • Bring a list of all medicines when you visit the doctor.
  • Ask your pharmacist for help with questions about medications.

Ask Me 3™ is an educational program provided by the Partnership for Clear Health Communication at the National Patient Safety Foundation™ - a coalition of national organizations that are working together to promote awareness and solutions around the issue of low health literacy and its effect on safe care and health outcomes. Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly and its affiliates are proud supporters of the Ask Me 3™ program.

Healthcare Directives

Whether you're 18 or 80, documenting your healthcare wishes today means your family won't have to make heart-wrenching decisions tomorrow.

We encourage you to talk with your family, friends and doctor about your healthcare wishes. Know the options. Decide what's right for you. And be sure to put it in writing.

For more information on healthcare directives, visit This American Hospital Association website contains information and resources that can help you document your wishes about end-of-life care.

You can download North Carolina's advance directive form here.

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