11. Right to personal items

A patient has the right to keep clothing and other personal items with him or her as long as doing so would not be a danger to the patient or others. However, some personal items are allowed only when a patient reaches a certain level on the hospital’s level system. Each patient should have a personal storage space to use during his or her hospital stay. Items belonging to a patient that cannot be kept on the ward will be placed in safe storage and a list of the items will be given to the patient. The hospital will return a patient’s possessions when the patient is released from the hospital. For more information on what items are or are not allowed at the hospital, patients can ask staff or ask to see the level system guidelines.

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