Patient Resources

Take a minute to learn about the health hazards of discarding prescription drugs down the drain and the advantages of creating an advanced health care directive to ensure your wishes are met. Check this page often for updated resources.
 

 

How to Dispose of Prescription Drugs

If you have a medicine cabinet full of expired or unused medications, don't discard them down the sink! Disposing of expired, unused, or unwanted drugs down the sink or toilet poses serious health hazards to the Los Angeles County water supply and the environment. Click on the links below to find out about environmentally-appropriate disposal options:

NO DRUGS DOWN THE DRAIN

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Advanced Health Care Directive

The California legislature has enacted law allowing you to give instructions about your health care by completing an advanced health care directive form. You also have the right to name someone else to make health care decisions for you. This form lets you do either or both of these things. It also lets you express your wishes regarding donation of organs and the designation of your primary physician. For more information and to download a sample form click the following link:

http://oag.ca.gov/consumers/general/adv_hc_dir

Forms

The following forms are available online to assist patients obtain copies of their medical record, authorize release of health information to other entities, amend their health record, and obtain other services. Select and complete the appropriate form and bring it to the Department of Health Services facility where you receive care.

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Notice of Privacy Practices

The Notice of Privacy Practices describes how the Department of Health Services and its facilities may use and share patient health information and how patients can exercise their health privacy rights.

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Apply For Social Services Online

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) announces a convenient way for residents in need of assistance to apply for services online, without having to visit a district office. Residents can now apply for Medi-Cal, CalWORKS, CalFresh and General Relief benefit programs by visiting the Your Benefits Now (YBN) website.

https://www.dpssbenefits.lacounty.gov

Obtain a Copy of Your Medical Record

You can obtain a copy of your medical record by phone or fax, or file your request in person at the DHS facility where you receive care. Click the link below to access required forms and other information. Be sure to complete and sign any forms and provide required documentation. If you plan to file your request in person, print and complete the form prior to your visit. Copy requests can take up to 10 days to process.

MyWellness - Your Online Medical Portal

Did you know you can now view your medical record online? DHS is now using an electronic medical record system, ORCHID, across its health facilities. If you’re a DHS patient, you can access your medical record through the MyWellness patient portal. At your next appointment, ask the registration clerk how to sign up. Once you’re registered, you can view your lab results, medications, and more securely on your computer or mobile device.

http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dhs/mywellness/

Cancer Diagnosis? Caring Help is Available

The Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation and Wellness Center helps those battling cancer overcome barriers with caring assistance. A patient navigation program is free of charge and helps link individuals to services. The wellness center offers a variety of nutrition, exercise and other support programs for you and your family. The project’s geographic focus includes Crenshaw, Watts, Compton, Westchester, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Gardena and Inglewood.

http://southlapnwc.com/

Save a Life with Phone App

If you’re trained in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), the PulsePoint app for iOS and Android alerts you when a sudden cardiac arrest occurs in a public place in your immediate vicinity. You get informed at the same time as emergency responders. You’re given detailed instructions where to go, including the location of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) nearby. Effective CPR administered immediately after a cardiac arrest can potentially double or triple the victim’s chance of survival, but less than half of victims receive that immediate help.

http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/lacofd-pulse-point/

Medi-Cal App Now Available

The Medi-Cal app is the official app of Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, which is administered by the California Department of Health Care Services. Current and prospective Medi-Cal beneficiaries should use this app to find local help, like phone numbers for LA County offices, learn about enrollment, get preventive health information, set up reminders, and get important messages about benefits.

http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/med50th/Pages/Medi-Cal_App.aspx

Wellness Center Serves Boyle Heights Community

Step into the stunning Wellness Center at the Historic General Hospital (LAC+USC Medical Center) in East L.A. and build health and wellness into your life. The Center is open to everyone, and offers a full calendar of events and resources from 15 community health nonprofits housed there. Enjoy the open space and walking trails, take a Zumba, healthy cooking or alternative spirituality class, or come in to learn more about diabetes and other medical conditions.

http://www.thewellnesscenterla.org/

Do a Checkup on Your Doctor’s License

The Medical Board of California encourages consumers to check up on their doctor’s license. Such a checkup is simple and helps a consumer make an informed choice when choosing a doctor. To determine a doctor’s status, go to the Medical Board’s website at www.mbc.ca.gov or call (800) 633-2322. You can also sign up for alerts to be notified by email of disciplinary actions taken against a physician’s license, including probationary status, suspension or revocation..