Liz Scott (Nov 2014)

Going into hospital

20140321_Liz Scott_005C_SMALLWhen you are seriously ill, hospital is the best place to get treated and made well again. If you need an operation, again hospital is the best place.

Having Parkinson’s means that whatever the reason for your admission, you need to make sure that you take all your medication with you into hospital.

There are some medications that are not kept by the hospital pharmacy and have to be specially ordered in. If you are admitted at night or during a weekend, there can be a delay getting your medication to you because the on-call pharmacist has to be called in to obtain the drug if it is not in the emergency drug
cupboard. If you are admitted on a weekday there can still be a delay while pharmacy dispenses your medicine.

The best thing to do is to remember to take all your medication with you when you are admitted.

It is also a good idea to make sure that the labels on the boxes or bottles are up to date. If it says Sinemet Plus x 1 three times daily on the box and you take 1½ four times daily, the doctor is supposed to write up what is on the box.

It is worth speaking to your GP surgery to make sure that your repeat prescription is up to date.