Our new patient tower at JMC-Smithfield features:
- 101 private suites with futon for overnight guests
- Modern intensive care unit (ICU); state-of-the-art operating rooms
- Advanced technology, including 64-slice CT scanner, digital mammography
- Comfortable front lobby, charming gift shop, lovely chapel, colorful food court
As a patient of Johnston Health, we need to hear from you.
You play an important role in your own health care. Please talk to the person in charge about any concerns regarding care, treatment or services.
- About your health history
- If a situation feels uncomfortable
- About any medicine you’re taking
- About any side effects or reactions you have to your medicine
- Why a test or treatment is needed
- If you don’t understand your procedures
- About what you should do after you leave the hospital
- For help when getting out of bed.
- To speak to the person in charge if you have any questions or concerns about your safety.
What you can expect
- Information about pain and pain relief measures
- A concerned staff committed to pain prevention and management
- Health professionals who respond quickly to reports of pain
- Your reports of pain will be believed
What you should know about pain.
We are here to help and work with you and your family to manage your pain. We believe that managing your pain is an important part of your care.
Pain is a sensation that hurts
It can be described as stabbing, pinching or aching, causing discomfort, distress or agony. It may be steady or comes and goes. Pain may be acute or chronic. Acute pain, such as the pain caused by surgery, may at times be severe but will gradually lessen as the body heals. Chronic pain, such as the pain caused by arthritis or cancer, may range from mild to severe and may persist for long periods of time.
It is important to know that with the treatments available today, most pain can be well controlled-no matter the type and amount of pain you may feel. When your pain is well controlled, you can be more active, sleep better, eat better and feel more positive. If you are recovering from surgery, controlling you pain can help you get well faster.
You are an important part of managing your pain
Your doctor and nurse cannot measure the pain you are experiencing. Using a number scale to rate your pain (0 means no pain, 10 means worst pain), your doctor and nurses will teach you to describe the type and amount of pain you are experiencing.
Talk to your doctor or nurse if:
- You are experiencing pain
- You have questions about controlling pain
- You have taken pain medicine and it is not working
The best time to manage pain is when it first begins
If you know your pain may worsen with an activity, take pain medicine first to prevent the pain. If pain does occur, don’t wait for it to get worse before asking for pain medicine. Pain medicine often works better on a regular schedule rather than taking it “as needed” in response to pain.
Your pain is unique to you
Pain can be affected by how you are feeling emotionally and spiritually, and by concerns about your job, finances or children. It is important to discuss your concerns with your healthcare team. They can work with you to address the issues that may be causing you additional stress and pain.
A common concern is that using narcotics for pain could lead to addiction
In fact, studies show drug addiction is extremely rare in a person who is taking pain medicine for pain management.