TIPS FOR THE PATIENT
Going for a hospital appointment? On a regular basis, keep a note of any medical concerns that you need to inform or ask your doctor
On the day of appointment, get ready early and do not rush. Bring along:
- Any form of monitoring done at home eg blood pressure, glucose levels
- List of your regular medications
- Any important medical documents (eg. blood test, x-rays etc.
Other useful things to bring along:
- A small snack or a bottle of water, as the wait can be long
- A cardigan - some clinics are very cold
- Medication – in case your treatment is due and your turn to see the doctor is delayed
- A mobile phone, especially if you need to inform your family of your whereabouts
(the clinic appointment can be prolonged due to certain reasons)
- Go to the toilet prior to leaving home, in case the toilet is far or if there is no sitting toilet. You may even consider wearing a pull up diaper, if going to the public toilet is extremely inconvenient for you.
TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS
The appointment in the hospital may take half a day. Be prepared for the long hours!
- In an ideal situation, the main caregiver should be accompanying the patient to the clinic.
If main caregiver is unable to attend, ensure you get a recent update about the patient and list of questions to ask the doctor.
- Bring your own wheelchair if required, there might not be one available.
- Drop patient at the front door (usually wheel chairs are available at the lobby) and park the car.
- Collection of medicine another day is possible, if patient is too tired to wait further.
Take note of :
- Future appointments
- Dates for blood taking or other tests
Note: remind patient 1 week prior to the appointment or dates for the test