We know being in hospital can be a very daunting time for you and your family.
You may be coming into hospital for many different reasons whether this be may be coming in as a referral from your GP or via A&E.
Regardless of the reason, you can expect we will do everything we can to make the experience as comfortable as possible. During your hospital stay you will be assessed daily by the ward team to see if you can continue your recovery in the community
What if I need some spiritual support in hospital?
We have a chaplaincy service available on site. Please ask your nurse looking after you if this is something you would like.
Recovering from COVID-19?
You can also print off this poster with some ‘road to recovery‘ exercises.
You can also download this leaflet for more advice.
What we expect of you?
Ask questions: If something doesn’t make sense or you are unsure why you are in hospital please ask. You should be aware of what tests you are waiting and what criteria may be in place for you to be safely discharged.
Take ownership of your needs: If you are struggling at home please let us know as soon as possible during your hospital stay. We can arrange carers or additional support to help you leave hospital safely and sooner.
Stay as close to your normal routine as possible: If you normally need help please ask for it. Keep yourself occupied by doing things you would normally do at home!
Stay Hydrated: Make sure you drink plenty water whilst you are in hospital. Staying hydrated can help with many things such as making it easier for you to cough up your phlegm and preventing water infections. Please let us know if you need your jug of water filling up. There may be exceptions to this if such as awaiting an assessment of your swallow, waiting for a procedure where you need an empty stomach or if your doctor recommends you limit your fluid intake due to your medical condition.
Staying active in hospital
It is vitally important that you remain active during your hospital stay and continue mobilising as you would at home if you are well enough. We know this will aid your recovery and may even help you get home sooner!
Get Dressed: If you are able to you should wear your everyday clothes and wear pyjamas only at night time. If you don’t have any clothes with you please let us know and we can contact your family and ask them to bring you in some clothes.
Get Moving: If you are able to please bring the walking aid you normally use into hospital with you but we understand this isn’t always possible. If you usually walk using a walking frame or other aid and you don’t have it with you please let one of our staff know who will be able to source you one to use during your hospital stay.
If you normally would walk to the toilet at home and feel well enough it is very important you do this in hospital. If you require assistance please use your buzzer and wait for help before attempting to walk. Sometimes if you are waiting an X-ray to rule out a broken bone we may advise against this or if you are too unwell but please ask if you are in doubt.
Get out of bed: Lying in bed all day when you wouldn’t normally can have a big impact on your recovery. If you are well enough please sit in a chair that’s suitable to your needs as this can help prevent:
• Pressure sores – Sores that occur when you spend too long on one area of skin which can become very uncomfortable
• Muscle Weakness- Muscles can weaken very quickly… If you don’t use it you may loose it!
• Chest Infections- Walking around helps you clear your chest by taking deeper breaths
• Constipation- Walking can help keep your bowels regular
The hospital is embedding a goal setting system to help you maintain your activity levels. To some people this may be to walk independently to the toilet and back or it may be that you can sit in a chair for a few hours this all depends on what is important to you and what you are normally able to do. Please discuss goals with your therapist or your nurse to make sure you set goals regarding what is most important to you.
Once you are well enough to continue your recovery outside of hospital we will aim to discharge you as soon as possible. If you have family that are able to pick you up please let staff know. If you have a system in place where your medications come already in a box set out for the week it may be useful to let the staff know in advance.
What happens if I no longer need hospital care but I am not safe to return home?
If you have been struggling at home or need further assessment of your needs prior to home your therapist or a member of the integrated discharge team will discuss options regarding intermediate care beds but will also explore what support could be put into your own home in order for you to be discharged safely.
You will be asked for your consent prior to being referred.
Please be aware you may have a financial assessment at some point if you are accessing our intermediate care beds.
Alternatively, we have some great volunteer services with our home but not alone scheme and Five Lamps service who can offer companionship and informal support regarding appointments/shopping initially to support your transition home. Ask your nurse or therapist how you can access these services.
How can I recover quicker at home?
Start small and build up your tolerance slowly. You could do these while you’re still in hospital if you are able to!
Sometimes when you feel better you can then over do it. Try to set yourself some manageable targets each day to regain your strength.
It is really important you take care of your mental health both as an inpatient and when you return home. You may not be able to do the things you normally would do straight away and we know this may be hard for you on your road to recovery.