|YOUR Rights and Responsibilities|
All patients are entitled to be treated in an ethical manner that ensure personal dignity, autonomy and personal involvement in their care and treatment. Fleming County Hospital belives that understanding and safe guarding patient rights is an essential component of meeting patient care needs and personal preferences. It is the goal of Fleming County Hospital to provide excellent patient care regardless of age, race, color or national origin. Additionally, all hosptial services will be made accessible to people with disabilities. We consider you a partner in your hospital care.
While you are a patient in the hospital, you have the right to:
- Have reasonable access to care and treatment
- Have others respect your personal privacy
- Have your questions answered promptly regarding any aspect of your diagnosis and/or treatment
- Be treated in a considerate manner with respect for your personal values, belief and philosophy
- Patricipate and/or have a family member participate in the development and implementation of your plan of care
- Make informed decisions regarding your care, understand significant risks involved and any alternatives which are available
- Receive appropriate assessment and management of pain
- Be informed of your status and be involved in care planning and treatment
- Request or deline treatment and/or care after being informed of possible consequences of such a decision. Your decisions will be respected to the extent permissable by law
- Receive care in a safe and healthcare environment
- Be free from abuse and harassment
- Be free from restraint and seclusion used as means of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation by staff
- Prepare an Advance Directive, healthcare surrogate or durable power of attorney, which provides guidelines for treatment if you are no longer able to communicate and to have hospital staff and practitioners comply with this directive according to regulations and law.
- Participate in ethical decisions that arise in the course of your care, including accessing the ethics committee that help resolve concerns about difficult care decisions
- Know the names and roles of the people involved in your care. Refuse examinations or observations by any person not directly responsible for your care.
- Participate or decline involvement in new technologies, clinical trials or research studies.
- To have effective communication, including those who have hearing, sight and speech impairments.
- Participate in pastoral care and spiritual services
- Have access to protective and advocacy services
- Have the ability to access information contained in the clinic record within a responsible time frame unless restricted by law
- Expect confidentiality of your clinical records
- Receive instructions regarding your care after you leave the hospital
- Be informed of hospital rules and regulations which affect you and your family
- File a grievance with Administration
- To have disclose of existing or potential conflicts of interest for those who provide care, treatment and services, as well as governance.
Your health depends not only on hospital care, but in the long term, on decisions you make in your daily life. You are responsible for recognizing the effect lifestyle has your personal health.
- Ask questions when you do not understand what you have been told or what you are expected to do
- Provide accurate complete information about present complaints, medical history, hospitalization, medications and other matters relating to your health
- Report unexpected changes in your condition to the doctor and/or responsible caregiver
- Follow the instructions and treatment plan recommended by your doctor and other health professionals working under your doctor's direction
- Accept the consequences of not following instructions or refusing treatment recommended by your doctor
- Follow hospital rules and regulations
- Act with consideration and respect toward patient's and hospital personnel
- Provide information about payment for services and working with the hospital to ensure financial obligations are met
- Provide a copy of any Advance Directive to the hospital for your medical record
Fleming County Hospital promotes patient and family involvement in all aspects of your care. We anticipate you will be an active participant in your care during your hospital stay. In order to meet this goal, it is important that we communicate your rights and responsibilities during the admissions process.