Preparing for Childbirth: What to bring to the hospital

Pregnant womanIt’s almost here…the day you’ve been waiting for. Whether this is your first child or your fifth, you may be eager, excited or even a little nervous. At Duke Regional, we are committed to providing a memorable experience for you and your loved ones. Wondering what to bring to the hospital? We recommend:

  • comfortable walking shoes or non-skid slippers
  • a robe
  • comfortable clothes to wear home
  • a nursing/support bra
  • three or four receiving blankets
  • an outfit for baby to wear home (we suggest something with legs as they work better with car seats)
  • two to three diapers
  • Your favorite snacks, although the hospital has a cafeteria and 24-hour vending machines

To learn more about The Birth Place at Duke Regional, visit

Duke MyChart Frequently Asked Questions

Duke MyChart is an online tool that enables you to help manage and receive information about your health. With Duke MyChart, you can:
• Request medical appointments.
• View your health summary from the Duke MyChart electronic medical record.
• View test results.
• Request prescription renewals.
• Access trusted health information resources.
• Communicate electronically and securely with your medical care team.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Duke MyChart.

How do I sign up?
Patients will be issued a Duke MyChart activation code during their clinic visit. This code will allow you to log in to and create your own username and password. If you were not issued an activation code, you may contact the clinic or Duke Customer Service at 919-620-4555 or 800-782-6945 8am-5pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday or 8am-4pm Thursday.

When can I see my test results in MyChart?
Your test results are released to your Duke MyChart account after your physician has reviewed them. This is generally within 1-12 days.

Why are certain test results not shared electronically via Duke MyChart?
Your provider is able to determine which types of test results are able to be accessed through Duke MyChart. Further, tests of a very sensitive nature are not released to Duke MyChart.

If I send a message to my doctor or nurse, when can I expect a reply?
Your healthcare team is committed to responding in a timely manner. You will generally receive an answer within 1-3 business days. Please note Duke MyChart should not be used to communicate urgent situations. Please contact your medical center if the situation requires immediate attention or dial 911 if it is an emergency.

I forgot my password. What should I do?
Contact Duke Customer Service at 919-620-4555 or 800-782-6945 8am-5pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday or 8am-4pm Thursday to request a new, secure password. You may also click the “Forgot password” link on the sign-in page to reset your password online.

How is Duke MyChart secure?
We take great care to ensure your health information is kept private and secure. Access to information is controlled through secure activation codes, personal usernames, and passwords. Each person controls their password, and the account cannot be accessed without that password. Duke MyChart also uses the latest technology to automatically encrypt your session. Unlike conventional e-mail, all Duke MyChart messaging is done while you are securely logged on to our website.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?
If you have any questions about Duke MyChart, please call Duke Customer Service at 919-620-4555 or 800-782-6945 8am-5pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday or 8am-4pm Thursday.

Check out more Duke MyChart FAQs here.

Get Your Flu Shot!

blowingnoseEveryone 6 months of age or older should get the flu shot each year to protect themselves and their loved ones.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends the shot for children younger than 5, adults 50 and older, pregnant women and those with medical conditions, as they are at high risk for developing complications if they catch the flu.

Check with your healthcare provider or visit a local pharmacy to get vaccinated. It is best to get the shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available, which is typically late summer. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against the influenza virus to develop in the body. Getting vaccinated early builds protection against the flu before the virus begins spreading. Flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, but most occur in January or later.

Learn key facts about the flu by visiting the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control website.

Duke University Health System Achieves Magnet Designation

New Magnet Logo 2014We are proud that the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has designated Duke University Health System (DUHS) as a Magnet® organization. The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous professional standards for nursing excellence. The designation of DUHS as a health system also includes the redesignations of Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital as Magnet organizations. Duke Regional was originally honored with Magnet status in 2008.

Magnet designation is the gold standard for recognizing organizations that achieve excellence in quality care outcomes. DUHS is one of only 16 Magnet health systems in the country, and one of only three in the state of North Carolina.

In seeking Magnet status as a health system, Duke Nursing and DUHS leaders focused on best practices, especially those identified by the ANCC. All three hospitals demonstrated excellent quality results independently and aligned numerous best practices at the health system level.

This honor is the culmination of dedicated efforts by DUHS nurses to ensure the best possible care for our patients and their families wherever in our health system they seek care.

Get Back into Forward Motion!

8491 DRH_ForwardMotion_finalIf you are missing out on the things you love — walking the dog, playing golf, gardening, or playing with the kids— it may be time to consider a knee or hip replacement.

Our Forward Motion program is Joint Commission certified and tailored to your individual needs for a safe and successful recovery. This program includes:

  • A pre-operative education class that offers an overview of what to expect from pre-op testing to discharge after surgery
  • Nurses and therapists who specialize in the care of the orthopaedic patient
  • Many ways to manage your pain
  • A physical therapist to help increase your mobility and build strength
  • An occupational therapist to educate you on protecting the new joint and the use of assistive devices to get dressed and attend to your personal care
  • A discharge planner to ensure a thorough and safe discharge plan
  • Comprehensive discharge instructions

To learn more about our program check out our Resource Center, complete with our patient guide and videos.

Stroke: What you need to know

Do you know how to identify a stroke F.A.S.T.?


As a Primary Stroke Center, our team provides effective, timely care and can significantly improve clinical outcomes for stroke patients. Duke Regional has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval in recognition of our commitment to quality care for stroke patients.

When a stroke patient arrives in our Emergency Department, we issue an alert called a Code Stroke. This alert notifies a neurologist, the Lab and Radiology departments, nurses and other providers that a potential stroke patient is in the hospital. This process helps ensure fast, efficient care. Duke Regional also has a dedicated stroke unit staffed by nurses specially trained in caring for stroke patients.

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Visit The Giftique at Duke Regional Hospital

DSC_5545Looking for the perfect gift? Visit The Giftique, located just inside the main entrance (3rd floor) of Duke Regional. The boutique, managed by Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary, offers an array of gifts including cards, flower arrangements, stuffed animals, baby gifts and jewelry. Books, snacks and toiletries are also available.

Family members and friends can call The Giftique at 919-470-4149 to purchase a flower arrangement that will be personally delivered to the patient’s room. (Please check with the patient’s nurse before sending live flowers or plants.) For added convenience, The Giftique also rents and sells Medela breast pumps and accessories.

All proceeds from The Giftique go toward helping fund special projects for Duke Regional Hospital and to benefit our patients. From renovating the waiting room on Labor and Delivery to purchasing patient belonging bags, the Auxiliary has made a difference to the hospital and our patients.

Store Hours:
Monday through Friday: 10 am to 5 pm (Closing Wednesdays at 4 pm)
Saturday and Sunday: hours vary