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Safety and Security

Help make Duke Regional Hospital a safe place. Please read and follow these safety and security instructions.


All medications you take while in the hospital are prescribed by your doctor, dispensed by the hospital pharmacy, and administered by a nurse. Patients are not permitted to administer their own drugs or keep personal medications at their bedsides, unless ordered by their physician.


The security services department helps maintain a safe and secure environment for patients, visitors, and employees throughout the hospital. Officers provide around-the-clock security and respond to calls for assistance.

Please call any time to talk with us about any safety concerns or questions -- your voice and opinion matter.

  • Emergency: Dial 222 from any phone in the hospital
  • Non-Emergency: Call the Duke Regional Hospital operator at 919-470-4000 and ask for security

Valuable or Lost Items

Patients are asked not to bring items of value to the hospital. The hospital is not responsible for items of value unless they are given to us to place in the hospital safe for safekeeping.


Duke Regional joined other Triangle healthcare organizations to become tobacco free on July 4, 2007. All tobacco products are prohibited on hospital property, including parking lots and sidewalks. Our commitment to providing a tobacco-free environment ensures the health and well-being of our patients, their loved ones and each other.

On August 1, 2012, Durham County adopted new regulations for smoking in public areas making the City of Durham and Durham County smoke-free. The ordinance affects city and county grounds (including athletic fields, bus stops, parks and playgrounds), public transportation, sidewalks and other public areas. Around Duke Regional, the non-smoking zone will expand to include all hospital property, the City of Medicine Academy, Durham County Stadium and all adjacent sidewalks.

Patient Safety Video

Your safety is important to us. Watch a video about patient safety at the hospital.