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Patients wear comfortable clothes and are not required to wear hospital gowns, however, belts, shoelaces and drawstrings are not allowed. All items will be searched prior to entering the unit. The nursing staff will be happy to answer any questions concerning items patients can or cannot have on the unit. For more information, contact the Anchor Hospital admissions office at 678-251-3226.

Recommendation of Personal Belongings for Patients

  • 3 Casual Outfits to include underwear and socks (e.g., No “see through” or revealing outfits)
  • Tennis Shoes / No Shoestrings
  • Robes with all inside strings removed/not attached. No belt(s) allowed.
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Comb / Brush

It is important to practice good personal hygiene daily, such as showering, combing hair, brushing teeth and frequent hand washing. Please contact nursing staff for assistance with any of these tasks or any needed additional toiletries. Patients are asked to help clean up after themselves and keep patient rooms neat. Clean linens are available from housekeeping staff.

Clothing and other items can be dropped off at the reception desk from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. For safety, sanitation, and dietary management purposes, visitors are asked not to bring food items into the facility. There are three daily meals and nightly snacks provided. Food and drinks are not allowed on the unit.
Family members are encouraged to take valuables home. We ask that patients do not keep valuables on the unit for security reasons. We request that credit cards, checks, cash or jewelry be sent home or locked in the hospital safe. The hospital cannot be responsible for lost or missing items. The hospital will only be responsible for those items deposited in the hospital safe.

Although discouraged, smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas at designated times between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Please supply your own cigarettes. Matches and lighters are not allowed in patient possession. Please see unit staff for lighters. Smoking outside of designated areas is strictly prohibited, as it is a violation of fire codes. Violation of this policy may result in a loss of smoking privileges. Patients age 17 and under are not permitted to smoke according to Georgia law.

  • No outside Food or Drink
  • Glass items of any kind
  • Headphones, tablets, computers, Hand held games
  • No electronics (e.g., radios, iPads, MP3 players, video games, etc.)
  • Jewelry (e.g., watches, rings, necklaces, etc.)
  • Lighters, Electronic Cigarettes (“E Cigs”)
  • Cell Phones
  • Flat Irons
  • Picture Frames
  • Knives / Weapons
  • Dental floss, Battery operated Toothbrushes, Bar soap, Pump toothpaste
  • Pens (Note: Patients may use short pencils provided by the hospital)
  • Mirrors (including compacts)
  • Cologne / Perfume / Aftershave Bottles / Bars of Soap
  • Mouthwash with Alcohol
  • Cowboy Boots, Pumps, High Heels, Steel Toe boots, Boots with stacked heels

In addition, the following items are considered as unsafe and must be reported to the charge nurse or mental health assistant (MHA) immediately before entering the unit:

  • Curling irons, hot curlers and hairdryer
  • Sewing equipment including crochet needles
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Make-up including compacts with mirrors
  • Safety pins, tweezers, nail files and clippers

***All items will be labeled with the patient’s first name and last initial. Items not allowed on the unit will be locked and stored in the patient’s belonging room and given back at the time of discharge.***

Please contact our admissions office at 678-251-3226 for any further questions.