Patient & Visitor Alert: Because flu cases are on the rise, starting February 24, children 12 and younger
will be restricted from visiting hospitals and certain inpatient facilities throughout Carolinas HealthCare System. Learn more.

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Patient Frequently Asked Questions

Why may I not eat or drink anything when I am first hospitalized?
Some patients may require anesthesia for an operation or procedure; it is important that you have not eaten for up to eight hours. In addition, pain medication and concussion may cause nausea.