While You Are At Stanford Hospital

Visiting Hours and Information

Communicable Diseases
Visitors who have been exposed to chicken pox, tuberculosis, mumps, measles, shingles, or any other infectious disease within the past three weeks should speak with your nurse before visiting. In some cases they may not be allowed to visit as it might pose a risk to your health.

Mail will be delivered to your room. After your discharge, mail will be forwarded to your home.

Flowers are available for purchase at The Gift Shop at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, located on the first floor in the Main Hospital, past the Cafeteria.  Open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 8:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 10:00am - 3:00pm.  Call (650) 723-5089.

Only Mylar balloons may be brought into the hospital because of the risk of latex allergies.

Your physician will prescribe a diet appropriate to your medical needs.  “At Your Request” is our patient room-service dining program, available from 7 am to 8 pm daily.  Patients decide when they want to eat and select their food choices from a restaurant-style menu located at the bedside.   We embrace a sustainable approach to Food Service and our products are sourced as local, fresh, natural and organic as possible.  Orders are placed by calling 3-4888 and your meal is delivered in about 45 minutes.  Our Food Service representatives will assist you in selecting items to meet any special dietary requirements.  If you are unable to call or need special assistance, one of our Dietetic Assistants will visit you in your room.  If you have questions about your diet or nutrition in general, a consultation with a registered dietitian may be arranged through your nurse.  Please ask your nurse if you have any questions.

Your family may bring you food from outside of the hospital as long as it conforms with your ordered diet. Food from outside the hospital is to be in sealable disposable storage containers. These items must be used within 24 hours, or they will be disposed of.

Dining options at Stanford Hospital are also available for guests.

Pain Management

Blood Transfusions
All blood used at Stanford Hospital & Clinics comes from volunteer donors. You are encouraged to speak to your physician about whether a blood transfusion is anticipated. You can use blood obtained from volunteer community donors (Community Donor), from friends or relatives (Designated Donor), or, if appropriate, your own blood (Autologous Donor). An information brochure entitled, "A Patient's Guide to Blood Transfusion," is available from most physicians or from the Blood Center Web site. This brochure answers questions about transfusions and describes the various types of donations that may be used. For further information and appointments regarding blood donations to the Stanford Medical School Blood Center, please call:

If you have questions about blood usage or billing, please call the Hospital Transfusion Service at (650) 723-7346.

Have a question or concern?  Please call Guest Services at (650) 498-3333.

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