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What is a Confidential Patient? (6369)

What is a Confidential Patient? (6369) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Miscellaneous


What is a Confidential Patient?

When you are a patient at University Hospital, you have several options to choose from for
letting the public know that you are an inpatient. You may choose:
ξ No visitors (NV)
ξ No phone calls (NT)
ξ No visitors and no phone calls (NN)
ξ Confidential (CF). This means your presence will not be disclosed to the public.

Reasons for having Confidential Status (CF)

ξ If you do not want people to know you are in the hospital
ξ If you do not feel safe
ξ If you were a victim of a crime
ξ If you were involved with a crime

Choosing to have Confidential Status (CF)

If you choose to have confidential status, the staff will flag your name in the computer, and your
name will not be posted in any public area or the nurse’s station. This means that if someone
calls and asks about you or what room you are in, staff will reply, “I have no record of that
patient being in our hospital.” Any mail, gifts, and flowers that are sent to you while you are in
the hospital will also be returned to the sender. Hospital staff strictly honor patient requests for
confidential status (CF).


If there are certain people that you would like to visit you, you must inform those visitors of your
room number and phone number. If you wish to arrange for one primary visitor parking pass to
be issued to your primary visitor, you need to call Guest Services at (608) 263-8591 and ask for
the pass. Guest Services will deliver primary parking pass to your room. Your name will not be
listed on the pass. Even though you may give certain people permission to call or visit, the
hospital staff will still treat you as a confidential patient and deny that you are here, even to these
select people.

If you change your mind

If you decide at any time that you no longer choose to be a confidential patient, your status will
be changed in our records. At that point we would tell visitors or those who call your room
number and phone number.

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 3/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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