Preparing For A Stay In Hospital

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Posted on: 22 July 2015 by Pano Savvidis

No matter your age, a stay in hospital can be a stressful proposition, and the last thing you need is to be worrying about how you will get home when you’re discharged, whether the pets have been fed, and whether you will need to repay any allowances or benefits that you have been overpaid. Read our helpful tips to making this difficult time run as smoothly as possible to ensure a quick and healthy recovery.

No matter your age, a stay in hospital can be a stressful proposition, and the last thing you need is to be worrying about how you will get home when you’re discharged, whether the pets have been fed, and whether you will need to repay any allowances or benefits that you have been overpaid.

When you are in hospital, you can expect to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect. You can also expect to receive a high quality of treatment, and if you do not feel that you have received a suitable level of care, and that you have suffered as a result, you can make an official complaint or consider submitting a medical negligence claim. A solicitor like Withy King can help.

Free non-emergency transport to the hospital is available, but only if your condition or your general wellbeing means that it is difficult for your to get in and out of public transport or a car. Your doctor will be able to help you arrange this transportation.  Alternatively, the NHS Low Income Scheme can help with transport costs if you qualify.

Pack the items that you will need well in advance, to give you the opportunity to buy anything you don’t have but will need. You will require nightclothes, any medication that you take, toiletries, and a small amount of money to buy newspapers and other items. Take details of your GP and consider taking a pen and notebook so you can take notes and write down any questions that you have.

Check your home insurance details, because the level of cover that you are entitled to may change if your home is unoccupied. Also ensure, if you receive benefits, that you tell the appropriate government department. If you are in hospital for longer than a couple of weeks, then you may have to repay any benefits that you receive after this time. Informing the people in charge of your benefits means that they can stop payments if necessary, so that you don’t have to arrange to make repayments.

Consider asking a friend or family to stay with you when you get out of hospital, buy in snacks, drinks, and food that is easy to prepare, and put items that you will need close to where you will need them before you go into hospital.

Being prepared can make a hospital visit a lot less stressful, and it can also aid in your recovery when you are discharged and return home. If you have the support of friends and family, who can further help ensure that you settle back in at home, then this can also have a positive impact so don’t be afraid to ask.

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