Hospitals, we love to hate them in every sense of the word and let’s not get me started on our National Health Service. We all want when we visit the hospital to be diagnosed and treated by only the best healthcare professionals. But we are also the first to point out when mistakes are made in our hospitals. There are times when mistakes are no ones fault but a freak of nature but other times there is always a clear cause. In such instances it’s good to know that Slater Gordon Lawyers London can help and support you through the claims process.
Visiting a hospital these days can be quite borthersome with so many rules and regulations. You can never really be sure whether you are doing or taking the right thing or how many people can visit a patient at once. As someone who has been both the patient and the visitor I wanted to give a #HospitalHelpingHand by sharing some handy tips. Hopefully these can help you through what can be a pretty stressful time.
First of all what NOT to do’s;
- Don’t visit the hospital at all if you have any illness yourself such as a cough, cold, diarrhea or vomiting. The last thing you want to be doing is making already vulnerable people even more sick by spreading around whatever bug you might have.
- Don’t use the patient toilets, this may seem like an odd one but if they have an infectious illness or diarrhoea its best you keep away from those bugs. Protecting yourself is as important as protecting the patients. Ask ward staff as there may be separate toilets for visitors depending on the hospital/ward.
- Don’t touch any wounds or equipment they may have. It may all look interesting and you (or your kids) may want to take a closer look but remember a hospital is a clean environment for a reason. Your friend certainly does not want you increasing the risk of infection by touching any catheters, drips or prodding at their wounds.
- Stay off the patient’s bed, again this is about risk of infection, you have been outside and may be carrying germs so it’s best to ask for a chair if one isn’t already there and refrain from getting comfy with your feet up on the bed.
- Don’t stand outside the main door for a smoke, ask where the designated area is as there is likely to be one.
- Stay too long, people in hospital tend to tire quickly so don’t outstay your welcome so to speak. Be courteous and think about how they are feeling as not everyone will feel comfortable asking you to leave when they are tired.
Okay so we have covered the things not to do, so what can you do?
- Bring gifts; everyone likes gifts and a bit of a fuss when they aren’t feeling their best. Hospitals encourage visitors to bring presents however try not to bring so many you clutter up the place. Food such as fruit and snacks is allowed in case you are wondering but it is best to check with the ward before bringing flowers as not every ward allows them.
- Text or call before going to check that they are still up to a visit and ask if they need or want you to bring anything.
- Check the parking beforehand, most hospitals have limited spaces available and it gets busy quickly at visiting times. It can also be expensive to park at hospital so maybe check for other local car parks or consider public transport.
- Always remember to check the visiting times and amount of people that are allowed around the bed at any one time as some hospitals are very strict on this and you don’t want to be left outside waiting for your turn to see the patient.
- Clean your hands! This one is very important for obvious reasons. Lets help reduce the risk of infection by simply washing our hands or using an alcohol hand gel that are dotted around the hospital (usually as you enter and leave the ward).
- Remember that you are in a hospital and be respectful of your surroundings, no playing loud music and causing a riot. If a doctor or nurse comes to see your friend/relative then excuse yourself and wait somewhere that gives them privacy whilst they speak to the staff.
- Try to uplift them and keep things normal, chat about the things you usually would; favourite TV shows, celebrity gossip, what the kids have been up to… anything you want but keep it light as they may not be in the mood for an in depth conversation about global warming.
- I hope this guide helps you to make your hospital visits less stressful and clarifies what you can and can’t do during a visit. The main thing to remember is that your friend or relative is ill and probably needs the comfort of knowing they have your support and care.