If you are planning to be away from home overnight or for an extended stay, then there are some things that you will need to consider prior to leaving home. We have put together here a reminder list of the most common areas you need to think about


• Have I informed family or friends?

• Do I need to cancel any daily milk or newspaper orders?

• Am I expecting expecting any deliveries?

• Can I ask a friend or neighbour to push any free newspapers through the letterbox and out of sight?

• Could someone pop in and simply open and close the curtains?

• Are there any support services such as meals on wheels that need to be informed?

• Are all doors and windows and doors locked?

• Can I try using timer switches on lamps/radios etc?

• Have I arranged for someone to take care of any pets? ( You can contact the S.S.P.C.A. if you need help with this)

• Do I need to inform the local police?

• Should I tell the Department of Work and Pensions as a stay in hospital may affect any benefits you receive

• Do I need to tell the Social Work Department to rearrange home helps/carers etc?


In cases of ill health

Please telephone the ward if you:

• Have had any recent illnesses such as a fever, diarrhoea, vomiting or any rashes or spots

• Have MRSA or have recently been treated in a hospital outside of Scotland

• Require any specialised equipment

• Are a carer, and this may affect your stay in hospital or when you go home

• Need an interpreter or communications support (for example, a British Sign Language interpreter)

• Have any additional needs

• Have special dietary needs like gluten free or other special diet


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