Going into hospital is always an uncertain time, but there are many sources of information available to help answer any queries you may have.
Wide ranging practical advice on hospital admissions is available from NHS Choices. This takes you through what will happen during your stay, including pre-admission checks and advice on what preparations to make. Locally, the acute hospitals in Cornwall (RCH Treliske, St Michael’s and West Cornwall) also have a website with detailed information about admissions, including help with fares, transport, parking and visiting. Or if you would prefer to speak with someone about your stay, contact PALS.
For information on how a hospital stay will affect your benefits, visit Turn2Us.
If you are concerned about any pets you may have, we have a number of services listed that can care for your animals whilst you are in hospital.
But if your concerns are about medical issues, speak with your doctor or other healthcare professional involved in your care.
Discharge arrangements vary slightly from hospital to hospital, but a plan for your care and discharge is normally worked out with you soon after your admission. Let staff know if you have any concerns about how you will manage when you go home, so that an assessment of your needs can be done while you are still on the ward.