Going into Hospital?  A guide for patients, carers and families

CONTENTS

BEING A PATIENT
Chapter 1 The wonders and challenges of modern healthcare
Chapter 2 Becoming a patient

GOING TO HOSPITAL
Chapter 3 Reasons to go to hospital
Chapter 4 An outpatient appointment
Chapter 5 A planned admission
Chapter 6 An emergency admission

BEING IN HOSPITAL
Chapter 7 The people who look after you
Chapter 8 The hospital ward
Chapter 9 The intensive care unit

TESTS AND INVESTIGATIONS
Chapter 10 Understanding risk and making choices
Chapter 11 History and examination
Chapter 12 Blood tests and samples
Chapter 13 Looking inside the body

TREATMENT
Chapter 14 Taking medicines
Chapter 15 Having an operation
Chapter 16 Receiving a blood transfusion
Chapter 17 Treating cancer with chemotherapy and radiotherapy

STAYING WELL IN HOSPITAL
Chapter 18 Looking after yourself
Chapter 19 Preventing infection
Chapter 20 Preventing deep vein thrombosis
Chapter 21 Getting more help
Chapter 22 Visiting and supporting others

SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES
Chapter 23 Children in hospital
Chapter 24 Older people in hospital
Chapter 25 End of life care

LEAVING HOSPITAL
Chapter 26 Leaving hospital

APPENDIX
Useful sources of information