Your Hospital Stay
Going to Hospital
Health care today provides many opportunities to find solutions to your needs but this means it can feel complicated and confusing at times. Staff will help you whenever and wherever they can.
You and those caring for you are part of a team and therefore you are invited to contribute to your care at any time.
We have tried to answer most of the questions we anticipate you may have in this section, from preparing for your hospital stay; what to expect during your stay on the ward; information for your visitors, your medication and finally going home.
We also cover your rights, health & safety, identifying our staff and infection control. The links above will take you to the appropriate sections.
If you need an interpreter, please let the ward know which service you need (this includes British Sign Language and lip-speakers for the deaf). There is no cost to people in our care.
Learning Disabilities & Mental Health Needs
If you or someone you care for has a learning disability or mental health need, there is assistance available:
- if you, or the person you care for, needs patient information in Easy Read/picture format
- if you would like to visit the unit or hospital to look around and meet staff before you come into hospital
- if you would like to discuss any issues that concern you
Please contact the Specialist Nurse Learning Disabilities on:
Royal United Hospital
Or click here to find out more:
Leaflets for people with learning disabilitiesEasy Read documents to support a person with learning difficulties to access hospital.
If you or the person you care for has a Passport to Hospital Care, or sheet with personal information written down, that will help staff care for a patient better because we will be aware of their personal needs, please make sure you bring the information into hospital and give it to staff to put in the patient records for the hospital stay, so we can provide the best possible care.
Autism Links & Information
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Beyond the basics
NINDS Autism Information Page
(National institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
Autism Patient information
From the British Medical Journal Group
Information sheets and leaflets
available from the National Autistic Society Helpline
Autism spectrum disorders from th Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
Booklet for Parents and Carers
Inclusion development programme: supporting pupils on the autism spectrum
What is Autism
Autistic Spectrum pointers
Autism Spectrum Disorder
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If you have any other questions or concerns about the care and attention you are receiving, please discuss this as soon as possible with the most senior person on duty.