If you or someone you care for is going to hospital, here’s some tips on what to take to make the stay more comfortable…
Going into hospital can be daunting, taking a few homely comforts can help to make your stay a bit more comfortable. And if you have never had to help someone prepare for going into hospital then you might not know what they need to take.
Here are a few things you may want to put on your list of things to take to hospital.
A wash bag and toiletries
Even if you are going as an out-patient, it’s nice to be able to freshen up and will help you to feel more comfortable. Take a few things like:
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- A travel pack of baby wipes
- Facial cleansing wipes
- Moisturising cream
- Some makeup (if you wear it)
- A hairbrush or comb
Your usual medications
The hospital will advise you to take your usual medications, this is important so add them to your list. You’ll be advised by a doctor if there are any you shouldn’t take before a procedure.
There is usually lots of waiting around when you go to hospital, this can get really boring if you haven’t got anything to entertain yourself with. Think about taking some of the following:
- A book to read
- MP3 player
- A puzzle book
Hospital gowns are not the most comfortable attire, and they do not do much for our modesty. It’s also a good idea to take a few other things for comfort, such as:
- A dressing gown
- Socks (incase it’s a bit chilly on the ward)
- A cardigan/sweater
- Pyjamas or leggings and teeshirt
Drink and snacks
Although it might be that you are to be nil by mouth if having an operation, if you are in for a few days, you might want to take some of the following:
- Some dilutable squash or cartons of soft drink
- Snack bars
- Sweets or chocolate
- Some healthy snacks such as nuts and seeds
Other things to remember
- Try not to take anything of high value to the hospital
- If you have been asked not to eat or drink due to an operation, ensure you stick to the advice.
- Remove nailpolish if having an operation
- You might want to take your own anti-bacterial hand gel