Saturday, 25 February 2012

What to bring with you to hospital as an in patient or out patient

Despite being a qualified nurse (a long time ago) I've been on a steep learning curve when it comes to organising a person to be admitted to a hospital AND for visiting a hospital ( long time waiting around for doctors appointments).  So........

What to bring with you to hospital as a in patient

Bring your appointment card or admission letter with you when you go into hospital if you have one. If you are staying in hospital you may also need the following:

  • two nightdresses or pairs of pyjamas (depending on the length of your stay)
  • day clothes (you may not need to wear your night clothes for your entire stay in hospital. Hospital wards are often kept warm, so bear this in mind when choosing clothes.)
  • clean underwear
  • a dressing gown and slippers
  • a small hand towel
  • toiletries, including soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner
  • sanitary towels or tampons
  • a razor and shaving materials
  • a comb or hairbrush
  • things to occupy you, such as books, magazines or puzzle books
  • a small amount of money to buy things such as newspapers, phone calls and anything you may want from the hospital shop or ward trolley
  • any medicines you normally take, including nicotine replacement treatment, eye drops, inhalers and creams
  • a notebook and pen to write down any questions you have when the doctor is not available
  • if you wish, you can bring healthy snacks to eat between meals
  • your address book and important phone numbers, including your GP’s name, address and telephone number
  • proof that you do not have to pay prescription charges, if applicable (inpatients don't normally have to pay for the medication they are sent home with)
Limit clutter and gifts. Keeping your bed area free from clutter makes cleaning easier. Where possible, it is advisable to mark all items of personal property with your name

Sean found his MP3 Player invaluable and his mobile phone (fully charged  with plenty of credit) for texting the children and for family prayers morning and night ( we put his calls on speaker phone and sang Let Us Gather in a Circle, had a prayer and gave our love and greetings which set everyone up for the day and for a good night sleep.  (mobile can only be used in certain places check with staff where your allowed to use it)

What to bring with you to hospital as an out patient

Note Pad and Pen with Questions on it
Out patient appointment letter/card
Flask with ice water and cup
Packed lunch/ something to eat
book/magazine/ kindle/MP3 Player
List of medicines and when you take it & other doctor appointments times/names

Change for vending machines/parking charges
Small Toiletry bag with deodorant, spritz spray, lip balm, eye drops, wipes, tissues, paracetamol,(I particularly value this item I even have a small sewing project in it to divert my thoughts)


Joan said...

One more suggestion in addition to the med list - bring a copy of your med history. Sometimes it is tough to recall dates and details.
Keeping your family in my prayers...

Penny said...

good idea Joan will remember that when were back up at hospital thanks for your prayers they are much appreciated

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