What to Bring

If you or a loved one will be entering an inpatient program at Friends Hospital, please prepare for the stay be reviewing our lists of required, controlled and prohibited items. Additional items may be prohibited on a particular unit at the discretion of staff. Friends Hospital reserves the right to ban any objects determined to be dangerous.

Required Items

You should plan to bring only:

  • Three changes of comfortable and casual clothing
  • Appropriate slip-on footwear
  • Personal care items such as a toothbrush and shampoo

Controlled Items

Items generally permitted on units but use is controlled by staff include:

  • Mirrors or compacts
  • Glass items
  • Sewing needles, knitting needles and crochet hooks
  • Aerosol cans
  • Fingernail polish and polish remover
  • Scissors, nail clippers and tweezers
  • Perfume and cologne
  • Medical equipment with detachable cords (Plant Operation must check all items before use)


Items that are not to be in patient possession at any time include:

  • Weapons of any nature
  • Alcohol or illegal substances
  • Razors
  • Cigarettes, cigars or any other tobacco products (includes e-cigarettes)
  • Cameras or recording devices of any kind
  • House and car keys
  • Alcohol-based mouthwash
  • Medications (unless ordered by physician for bedside use)
  • Matches or lighters
  • Safety pins
  • Laptop computers, cell phones or personal electronic devices
  • Belts, shoestrings, drawstrings or scarves
  • Neck jewelry
  • Hair dryers, curling irons or straightening combs

Help is a phone call away.

We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide a confidential mental health assessment for you or your loved one. Call us at 800-889-0548, visit our facility, or message us to get started. In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.