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Become an informed patient by reading our tip sheets about inpatients, outpatients, medication, emergency admissions, and sick children and relatives. Each tip sheet is downloadable as a pdf.



Top 10 tips for safer patients

Top 10 tips for safer patients.


>>Top 10 tips


Inpatients - about staying in hospital

If you have to spend time in hospital as an inpatient, there are some things to think about before you go in and while you're there.


>>Inpatients - about staying in hospital


Medicines - taking them safely

Taking medicine may be an important part of your treatment. There are things you can do to make sure you take your medicines safely.


>>Medicines - taking them safely


Outpatients - visiting hospital

If you have a hospital appointment and don’t expect to be staying overnight, you are an outpatient. There are some things to think about before you go and while you're there.


>>Outpatients - visiting hospital


Children - easing your worries

If your child has to go to hospital, it maybe an anxious time for all the family. Having all the information you need about your child’s condition and being involved in the treatment he or she receives, can help ease any worries.


>>Children - easing your worries


Emergencies - about emergency admissions

If you, or someone you know, are admitted to accident and emergency, it can be helpful to know what to expect.


>>Emergencies - about emergency admissions


Relatives - being involved

If someone you are close to or care for is in hospital, you may need to work with doctors and nurses to support them. There are ways to help by being involved in their care


>>Relatives - about a sick relative