You will be given a copy of the Patients' Bill of Rights, which explains your rights as a patient according to New York State law. If you have not received one, ask your physician's office, nurse or the registrar in Admitting for a copy. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is compliant with all applicable rules, regulations and laws regarding patients' rights.
Patients play a vital role in making their health care safe. We urge you to get involved in your care.
Advance Medical Directive
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary honors patients' advance directives to the full extent permitted by law. These include living wills, health care proxies and oral statements. If you have an advance medical directive, please bring it with you. An advance directive enables you to give written or oral instructions to doctors and other health care professionals regarding the type of medical care you would want or name the person you would wish to make health care decisions for you if you could no longer speak for yourself. Upon advance directive appointing a family member or friend to make treatment decisions on your behalf, you should discuss your intentions with the individual appointed to act on your behalf. At the time of admission, you will receive a copy of the New York State health care proxy form.
No Smoking Policy / Fire Safety
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is prohibited by the staff, patients and visitors in all areas of the hospital. As part of NYEE's comprehensive safety program, fire alarms are tested routinely and fire drills held regularly.