Preparing for a Hospital Stay

If you need to go to the hospital for an operation or procedure, you’ve probably spent a fair amount of time worrying about the fact that you’re going to hospital. While it is difficult not to worry, you should try not to. It’s won’t help matters much and will most likely just end up stressing you out more.

If you are feeling concerned remember this, the doctors and nurses who will be treating you are trained professionals, so you’re in good hands.

Taking the time to prepare for your stay is one way to help put your mind at ease. Here are some of the things you should consider:

1.) If you’re unsure about anything, ask. Remember there is no such thing as a stupid question, particularly when it comes to your health.

2.) Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of hospital related infections such as MRSA and C. Diff. Get your doctor or nurse to inform you or take some time to do your own research. If any symptoms appear, inform your doctor immediately.

3.) Wash your hands. Always make sure that you always wash your hands and that anyone who comes into contact with you does the same. Hospital staff should be taking steps to reduce the spread of hospital related infections and are required to follow strict procedures when it comes to hygiene.

4.) Ensure that all the medical aid related stuff is out of the way. Double check the coverage of your medical aid plan, as some providers will only work with certain hospitals or some benefit plans may only cover certain procedures. Get in touch with your medical aid provider to find out which facilities your plan allows you to go to and select the facility that offers the best treatment option.

5.) Be sure to take all your medical aid information with you when you check into the hospital. When you’re filling out the admission forms at the reception area, remember to fill out information pertaining to any medical conditions or allergies you may have.

6.) Provide the nurse that’s taking care of you with the contact details of your next of kin, so if you need to contact someone, the details are readily available.

7.) If you’re taking any medications, bring the prescription details with that show how frequently you need to be taking the medication and the required dosage. The facility you’re staying can continue to provide you with it but will need all the relevant details to continue to do so.

8.) Lastly, bring something with to keep yourself busy. Your room is likely to have a TV but bringing some books, crossword puzzles or Sudoku with are always a good idea for when you get tired of it.


If you’re concerned about hospital acquired infections and issues relating to patient safety, it’s worth mentioning that hospitals and clinics are evaluated on a continuous basis by accreditation organizations that specialize in developing and enforcing a higher standard of healthcare.