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Hospital bag

wheezyof
wheezyof

Got a text saying get a hospital bag ready just in case.

In long life carrier bag (hospitals have no room for suitcases)

Obviously medication, paperwork with details of lung disease, next of kin.

Last time I needed a bag for hospital you took night clothes, face flannel, body flannel, face towel, bath towel, tissues, slippers, book to read, small change for when mini shop came round.

Well that was years ago and not for a plague victim.

Anyone know what we are supposed to pack?

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Just the essentials really, toiletries, towel, nightwear. Meds of course if you can do that right now. Don’t worry too much. Stay safe. Xxxx

Damon1864
Damon1864Volunteer
in reply to sassy59

Just as Sassy says, that's all you need . Have a lovely day and take care of yourself 😊 Bernadette xx

wheezyof
wheezyof
in reply to sassy59

Thank you. My last overnight hospital stay was about twenty seven years ago!

I wondered about taking 'things' from home in case I was taking more germs in with me.

Bkin
Bkin
in reply to wheezyof

The hospital may decide for any patient going in, you can't bring that etc. My last hospital stay was last year I was only in for 3 nights and I took all as below :D I expect is more streamline with the coronavirus.

Pack with view to recovery and stay afterwards wheezy, These are the things I would pack (NHS may disregard most of it as they would be thinking only of survival): 1 and 2 would be most important perhaps. 3 for personal comfort in recovery.

1. Typed or written - A list of diagnosed health issues, your medicines and daily dose,

your age, hospital number, name and address, next of kin contact name address, telephone,. doctor contact telephone and address.

2. Your actualy medicines.

3. One pair of jim jams, one set of out wear, with an extra top change underwear change. Small face cloth and microfibre towel (they are small and dry easily) Face / body cream.

Your ipod for music, pod casts and charger, your phone + charger, a book or 2. easy portable craft, knitting or crochet. Packet of sweets (something to suck) maybe some pro biotics or multivitamins.

Whether or not that all fits into the carrier bag is another matter (depends on the size of the carrier bag I guess), you could start with things along those lines then decide what to leave off.

Hope we all stay safe and well and we don't need to go into hospital.

I Received the same Text. Stay Safe, Hopefully we won't need to . Always have Hope, and of course Stay at Home. Sending Love. XXX C.

wheezyof
wheezyof
in reply to Hacienda

I'm living in hope of being safe, hope the same for everyone here. I feel the text should have been more specific. Keep well x

Hacienda
Hacienda
in reply to wheezyof

I had a Bag Packed many times when waiting for a Transplant Call over 3 years of waiting, Transplant never happened, so I am ok to get one packed, Hopefully No Need. XXX Stay Safe & Well. XXX C.

wheezyof
wheezyof
in reply to Hacienda

Oh dear! You wanted to need that bag, none of us want to need this bag. I'm too old for transplant. xxx

I would think the most important things were

A list of your health conditions .

medications and current prescription list.

Overnight stay basics, specs, kindle and charger. Phone and charger.

I hope none of us have to go near or have any kind of hospital stay🤞🙏

I think just basics really.PJS knickers travel toiletries are good if you have any.

Phone and charger are the real essentials in these days.

I think that I won’t take anything in that I can afford to lose,given the current busy state of the NHS.

My local hospital announced 2days ago that there are to be NO VISITORS for now.

It says exceptions may be made eg end of life.

All at discretion of nurse-in charge

In maternity birthing partner allowed only.

My husband thought it as dreadful,but I think for now it makes sense.

These are such strange times we live in.

Stay safe.

Toiletries with your name on, medications , phone and charger.

My letter says prepare a single hospital bag include emergency contact number,list of medications,including dosage and frequency,any information on planned care appointments, things for an overnight stay,snacks,pyjamas,toothbrush,medication,etc if you have an advanced care plan bring that. Hope this helps x

Toilet paper ha! sorry wheezyof couldnt resist that. Take the things that you know you will really need x

wheezyof
wheezyof
in reply to Izb1

I will need toilet roll and nappy bags. For coughing, spitting, bagging and binning. xx

Izb1
Izb1
in reply to wheezyof

Ha! Girl after my own heart then x

Greetings

Well, aren't I the lucky one here! I have an official letter saying "Do not admit to hospital. Palliative care only." Woohoo!!

Love to you all -- Catnip

wheezyof
wheezyof
in reply to Catnip

Having seen how over worked hospitals are, knowing they are short of needed drugs and equipment, that's possibly all any of us will get. Lets hope isolation keeps us safe xxxx

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