Patients & Visitors

 

Patients

Things to remember when staying in hospital:

Don't forget to pack your toothbrush
Always a good idea when staying in hospital. Bring items for washing, personal cleanliness, grooming and a towel.

Pack appropriate clothes
Come prepared. During your stay it is likely that you will need nightwear, normal clothes, dressing gown, underwear and appropriate footwear (slippers). Sorry we are unable to offer a laundry service.

Do not bring valuables
Please do not bring in valuables. If you must bring valuable items with you please hand them to your Nurse or midwife on arrival and they will give you a receipt for them.

Do bring a small amount of money and a good book
It is a good idea to bring a few pounds for newspapers, sweets etc, or if you want to use the bedside TV system. Alternatively nothing beats a good book, please remember your spectacles if you wear them!

Medicines
Please either follow the instructions within your admission letter relating to medicines or bring with you all those that you are taking in their original containers.

Side Rooms
There are a limited number of side rooms available at each Hospital site and therefore it may not always be possible for patients to be allocated a side room on request as clinical need is a priority.

Trainees participating in your Care and Treatment
The Trust participates in the training of medical students, nursing and midwifery students and allied Health Professional Students.  These Trainees may be involved in your care and treatment.  If you do not wish any Trainees to be involved in your care and treatment, please inform the clinician at the time of your episode of care.

Visitors

Things to remember when visiting:

Visiting hours
Please try to keep to the visiting hours. Visitors should be limited to two per bed at any one time. Please check with the ward for times or check the visiting times on this site.

Infection Prevention
Please do not visit hospital if you have had symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the last 48 hours. Use soap and water or the hand gel provided when entering and exiting any clinical areas. Also remember to not sit on patient beds, or bring any live flowers/plants.

Parking
Like most hospitals, car parking is limited. During the week you may find it easier to park after 4pm. Please remember to bring some change for the pay and display meters.


Advance Decisions
It is a general principle that a person has a right to consent to or refuse treatment.  An ‘Advance Decision’ enables a person to refuse specified medical treatment at a time in the future when that person may lack capacity to consent to or refuse it.  Any person with capacity who is 18 or older can make an Advance Decision but this will only apply at a time when the person lacks capacity.

There is no specific format for an Advance Decision but if it deals with life-sustaining treatment, it must be in writing and include a clear statement that it is to apply to the specific treatment even if life is at risk.  It must also be signed and witnessed.  It is recommended that people who are thinking about making an Advance Decision obtain independent advice; this is available from independent legal advisors and some charitable societies.

It is the responsibility of the person making the Advance Decision to make sure this is drawn to the attention of healthcare professionals.  It is advisable that several people, including the person’s GP and family, have a copy of the Advance Decision stored with them or are made aware of its provisions.

You can arrange for a copy of an Advance Decision to be noted on your hospital records by sending a copy to:

FAO Sara Gabriel
Medical Records Manager
Unit 9
Peter Green Way
Barrow-in-Furness
Cumbria
LA14 2PE
or by e-mail to:  Sara.gabriel@mbht.nhs.uk


Updated November 2018

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