During your stay

When you arrive at your ward or department, check in at the nurses station or reception.

Once we’ve confirmed your details, we’ll get you settled in, and talk you through your test, treatment, or procedure.

Questions about your care or treatment

We want to make sure you understand your options, and exactly what’s going to happen, and when.

If you have any questions about your care or treatment, just ask your doctor, nurse, or health professional.

Usually, we won’t start treatment until you’ve given us your consent, unless it's an emergency or in your best interest.

Giving your consent

Who you’ll see

You will see various healthcare professionals during your appointment, test, treatment, or stay, including:

  • a consultant, or a member of their surgical or medical team
  • nurses or midwives
  • allied healthcare professionals (AHPs), including therapists, phlebotomists, or radiographers
  • Medical, dental, or nursing students may be present during your visit - remember, you can always say no if you don’t want trainees observing your care.

You’ll also meet other people during your visit – including non-clinical staff like ward clerks, receptionists, cleaners, and porters.

We all wear identity badges – but if you're not sure you're talking to a member of staff, just ask to see their name badge.

Your medication

Remember to follow the instructions of any medications you’re prescribed. It’s really important you finish the course, even if you’re beginning to feel better.

If you have any questions about your medication, you can ask our pharmacists.

Medicine advice

How are we doing?

Tell us when we’ve got it right

We love hearing when we’ve made a difference. Compliments put a spring in our step and help us do more of the things that make you happy.

Tell us about your care

Tell us if you have any concerns

If you have any concerns about your care, speak to any member of our team. You can also ask to speak to the ward or department manager.

If you’d like to speak to someone impartial, you can speak to our Patient Advice and Liaison service (PALs).

Talk to PALS

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