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What to Bring

What to Bring to Mesilla Valley Hospital

We’ve compiled the following lists of recommended items for patients to bring to treatment at Mesilla Valley Hospital. Please also review our list of prohibited items and be sure to leave those belongings at home.

What to Bring to Inpatient Treatment

We recommend our acute, short-term patients bring the following items to help ensure a comfortable stay. Keep in mind, we do not provide clothes or scrubs to patients.

  • Sufficient clothing for five days, including undergarments (no underwire bras), socks (no crew or long socks) and pajamas
    • Clothes should be tasteful (i.e. no offensive language or symbols, no short shorts/mini-skirts and no see-through or revealing attire)
    • Sleepwear must include a top and bottoms; bottoms can be shorts or pants. Pajamas are not to be worn outside of the unit.
  • One pair of slip-on shoes without shoelaces, along with one pair of running shoes, to be stored separately
  • One light sweater or jacket without strings or ties
  • Cash for personal items
  • Hygiene products (all products must be alcohol-free)
    • Toothbrush/toothbrush cover/toothpaste, body wash (bar soap is not allowed), deodorant, lotion, disposable razors and shaving cream

Patients should bring casual, inexpensive clothing, as Mesilla Valley Hospital cannot assume responsibility for personal items. Patients are responsible for the care and cleaning of their own clothing. Clothing must be washed regularly in the on-site laundry facilities.

Prohibited Items

To protect our patients and staff from injury, we have compiled the following list of items which should not be brought to the hospital. Any items considered inappropriate will be sent home with family members or held for safekeeping by nursing staff until the patient is discharged.

Patients may not use items in safekeeping during their stay. All cosmetics must be in plastic containers.

We do not allow:

  • Medications and drugs (including over-the-counter)
  • Knives
  • Safety razors
  • Soft drinks (cans or bottles)
  • Any glass or breakable containers
  • Flammable material
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Personal laundry supplies
  • Any solution or liquid containing alcohol
  • Metal coat hangers
  • Fireworks or any product containing gunpowder
  • Guns or ammunition
  • Perfumes or colognes
  • Any sharp objects
  • Matches or lighters
  • Ropes, cords or string
  • Plastic bags
  • Jewelry

Any items that may endanger patients or staff are also prohibited.

What to Bring to the Adolescent Residential Treatment Center

We recommend our Residential Treatment Center (RTC) patients bring the following items to ensure a comfortable stay:

  • Sufficient clothing for up to seven days, including
    • Undergarments (only wireless bras are allowed; no removable straps)
    • Socks (no crew or long socks)
    • Appropriate-fitting pants
    • Shirts (no low-cut shirts, no spaghetti-straps, no tank tops, no see-through/revealing clothing)
    • One sweater/jacket (without labels or team logos)
    • Pajamas
    • One pair of shoes
  • Hygiene products (all products must be alcohol-free)
    • Shampoo and conditioner
    • Liquid body soap
    • Lotion
    • Foot powder, if necessary (medicated foot powder can be used if monitored by an RN)
    • Deodorant
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • One large-tooth comb
    • Hair ties (small elastic ties only)
    • Feminine hygiene products (tampons or pads)
  • One stuffed animal. Due to safety reasons, stuffed animals will be inspected for any alterations and anything noted as suspicious.

If you do not bring the above-recommended hygiene products, basic essential hospital hygiene products will be supplied (roll-on deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, 3-in-1 Wash, regular tampons, thick/hospital pads and lotion).

Personal makeup will be held and allowed to be used as earned and monitored by staff.
Mesilla Valley Hospital does not provide any type of clothing.

Prohibited Items: Adolescent Residential Treatment Center

We do not allow the following items in the Residential Treatment Center at Mesilla Valley Hospital:

  • Alcohol, tobacco products, drugs or drug paraphernalia and/or the misuse of any product for mind-altering purposes.
  • Any aerosol and/or products containing alcohol, including but not limited to hairspray, mouthwash, mousse, face washes, topical products and hair styling products.
  • Shoelaces, drawstrings or belts
  • Food, drinks, gum or any caffeinated items (coffee, tea and soda)
  • Prescribed/over-the-counter medication, herbal products, vitamins
  • Any objects that may cause harm to oneself or others, such as weapons, glass, cans, sharp objects, hard plastics, jewelry, wood, etc. and/or any other items used for the purpose of tattooing, piercing, branding or mutilation.
  • Lighters, matches or fire-starting equipment
  • Jewelry. Any exceptions will be evaluated by the physician and the team and a doctor’s order will be required.
  • Bar soap, Loofahs, Nair or spacers (used for piercings)
  • Mirrors, chains, pencil sharpeners or personal tweezers
  • Pens and chalk
  • Electronics (pagers, cell phones, tablets, CDs, DVDs, etc.)

This list is subject to change. The treatment team reserves the right to evaluate and restrict any additional items. All forbidden items will be stored in a secure box and returned to your parent/guardian as soon as possible during visitation and/or by mail.

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Mesilla Valley Hospital’s professional staff are here to help. Call 800-877-3500 for a no-cost, confidential assessment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.