For some of us it comes much earlier on in our lives, that being having to go through the rather unfortunate experience of visiting a hospital. Having to write down your reason for walking through those hospital doors is never a pleasant task, whether it’s you who needs medical attention or indeed if it’s a loved one for whom you’ve come to lend your support. Not to mention just how expensive it can be as well.
The last thing you want to have to think about in the midst of your visit to the hospital, for whatever reason, is the financial situation which inevitably surrounds the reality, but something you’re made to think about nevertheless.
You can’t be faulted for doing your best in terms of your preparation for such events such as serious illness or injury resulting in hospitalisation, so if you do have your financial affairs in order in that regard then your energies should be shifted to some other aspects of the dynamics surrounding one or more visits to the hospital you’ll have to make.
Assuming you’re the family member or friend of someone who has been hospitalised, one would think that you’d be met with a little more sympathy and courtesy from all involved when all you want to do is just visit the patient and do what you can to make their daunting hospital stay as comfortable as you can on your part, but the system can really work against you sometimes, particularly if you’re not adequately prepared. You could perhaps not a blood relative of the patient and therefore not be allowed to go in and see them for example, regardless of the fact that you’re only one alphabet in each other’s DNA sequence away from being blood relatives, such is the strength of your friendship.
In line with the #HospitalHelpingHand campaign, these are the types of things you need to be aware of prior to jumping into your car to go and make the visit so that you can make arrangements such as perhaps going with a blood-relative so that you’ll be allowed in.
Different hospitals have different protocols and the best way to learn about each one’s protocols is to simply call them up. The info they tend to give on their websites has hospitals and other medical facilities only really sharing basic information like where they’re located and what their operating and visiting hours are. Contacting them via the information they supply on their website is a great way to make sure your parallel liaison with clinical and medical negligence lawyers such as Slater and Gordon is more of a preventive one than a reactionary one. In other words if you prepare adequately for any type of hospital visit, you’d much rather be dealing with these lawyers in their capacity as your safety net should something go wrong, as opposed to them having to take on your case of something like medical negligence.
Remember that medical staff is often overworked and tired and so you should do your bit to make sure not to put any extra burden on them by simply following the protocols they have in place, within reason of course.
That said, from the point of view of the patient whom you’re going to see, chances are what they really want is some good company in the form of someone to talk to and it would perhaps be nice to bring them some “non-hospital” food for a change, so long as it gets the all-clear from the doctor that is.