Going into hospital when you have Parkinson's
Going into hospital can be an anxious time for anyone. If you have Parkinson’s, you may have questions about how to be prepared and what to expect.
You can read in more detail about what to consider before, during and after your hospital visit in the following pages, but here are our top tips.
planned hospital admission
- Keep an up-to-date medication record, which includes all the medication you are currently taking (not just for Parkinson’s) and what time you take each dose.
- Tell your GP, specialist or Parkinson’s nurse you are going into hospital. They can provide details of your medication regime to the healthcare team who will be looking after you in hospital. Your Parkinson’s nurse can also talk to the ward staff about your medication needs and the importance of getting your medication on time.
- Make sure people know you have Parkinson’s and how important it is that you get your medication on time. You can do this at a pre-admission assessment, or when you are admitted.
- Prepare extra supplies of your medication and let other people know where they are. Your medication should be kept in its original packaging and make sure you have at least 24 hours’ supply so you don’t miss any doses.
- Organise your work and home life – for example, cancel newspaper deliveries.
- Find out about the hospital’s self-administration of medication policy and how this works practically on the war
emergency hospital admission
- Explain to staff what medication you take. Show them your medication record. Ask them to keep a copy of it in your notes and check they have recorded this accurately. You may be able to self-administer your medication. If you are able to do this, keep taking your medication as you normally would at home.
- Ask a member of staff to let your GP, specialist or Parkinson’s nurse know you are in hospital.
- Tell staff if you have had deep brain stimulation and show them your patient ID card.