What should a patient bring with them?
|CLOTHES||Their own clothes for day and night-time wear and all usual toiletries.|
|PERSONAL PROPERTY||All personal property should be clearly labelled whenever possible. It will also be helpful to bring from home any special items that are important for a patient's care.|
Small items for the bedside locker, such as a clock or personal photographs, may be brought in.
|MONEY AND VALUABLES||Patients find it useful to keep a small amount of money to buy daily newspapers and other small items which may be purchased from the Hospice shop. Money may also be needed in order to use the payphone.|
|MEDICATION||It is very important that patients bring with them any medicines that they have been taking as the medical and nursing staff will need to know just what medicines have been prescribed. This will help when discussing any changes in treatment that may be needed.|
The doctors on the ward will be happy to answer any questions about medication.
The nurses will come around with medication on a regular basis four times a day at approximately 9.00am, 1.00pm, 5.00pm and 9.00pm. Medication is available, however, at any time (day or night) should a patient require it for control of pain or for any other problems.
When a patient is discharged from the hospice the nursing staff will give a supply of the medicines that are needed to be take to the patient. After this the General Practitioner will prescribe the medicine required.
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