Sunday, November 13, 2005

Questions to ask and things to take with you when you go to the hospital.

Here's a useful list from the BBC website.

Questions to ask when you go to the hospital.


What's the name of the ward/ room number?

What's the name of the nurse looking after you?

What's the name of my consultant?

What are the names of the other doctors, therapists etc. looking after me?

When are visiting times?

Where's the toilet?

When are meals served and how do I choose what I'd like?

Can I leave the ward to go for a walk, go to the shop/chapel etc?

Is there a phone I can use?

When do the doctors do their rounds?

Things to take with you when you go to the hospital.

* Contact details of your next of kin
* Contact details of family and friends
* Regular medicines
* Night clothing
* Toiletries
* Books, magazines, puzzles
* Pen and paper
* Food snacks
* Personal radio/stereo (if allowed)


  1. Anonymous3:03 AM

    Dr Malpani,

    Sorry to post a Q that is not relevant to this post but I am decided to shoot this coz of greater common good.

    One of my friends is about to marry his relative. The relationship is too close.

    The girls father is his moms brother

    the girls mother is his dads sister.

    So both the girls parents are related to this guy.

    Is this a big risk. My friend is favourably inclined towards marrying her and now in a big dilemma over the medical complications that might happen later during child birth.

    What are your thoughts / advise on the idea of them getting married ?

    My friend is currently in UK and doesnt have good access to medical advice on this. His parents tell him that they have contacted doctors and that they have adviced on not such marraige. We just want to double check with you (as he suspects that his parents might be bluffing as they are not too keen on him marrying her)

    Hope you understand our conundrum and help us out.

  2. Anonymous11:42 AM

    Dear Dr. Malpani,

    This piece is very informative. My husband is scheduled for an operation in a week and this is a good checklist. i am glad I came across your blog. Thank you.

  3. Anonymous2:31 PM

    Dear Sir,
    I heard about your name through Shri.Rajesh Jain.
    I would like to have advice from you,that i am facing the problem in "back-pain" {Disc-pro-laps) since 1996.I have consulted with many Dr's (Physiotherapy + Ortho + Neurologist) and few of them suggested to do excersise and few of them you go for a operation.

    Can you please suggest me the whom i should consult in this regard.


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