Upon Arrival

On arrival at the ward, the nursing staff will meet you and explain details of the ward layout and routines. You will be shown to your bed and maybe asked to change into bed attire.

The nursing staff will then record your temperature, weight and blood pressure, and ask for a specimen of urine for testing. A simple blood test may be done to estimate your haemoglobin and blood sugar levels. The doctor will record the details of your medical history and conduct a physical examination. Inform the doctor and nursing staff of any allergies you may have to antibiotics, medications or any types of food, and any prescribed or natural medication you may be taking now or have taken in recent weeks. There may also be diagnostic procedures, such as x-rays and pathology tests, and you may have to be taken out of the ward for these.