Avoid hospital mistakes
If you are having treatment or surgery in hospital, you want to be sure that your doctor knows what they are doing and that no mistakes will be made. Because hospitals are busy and stressful places to be, mistakes can happen, but with your health in the balance the last thing you want is for one to happen to you. Here are some tips on how to avoid hospital mistakes and make sure that you are being treated the way you should be.
State your details
Whenever you need to speak to a member of hospital staff, tell them your full name and date of birth, as well as what you are in hospital for. Although this may seem like overkill, it means that if there is another patient with a similar name and of a similar age in the hospital, you won’t be mixed up. You can also ask staff to check your ID bracelet, which will have all of the information they need to know on it.
Ask your nurse to check your chart
Ask your nurse to tell you what you are having done at the hospital from your chart, rather than telling her. If something on your chart is wrong, then this is the best way to find out. You can tell the doctors and nurses you see what your name is and what you are in for, but they may not be the ones taking to to surgery or performing the procedure.
Don’t be polite
If a nurse asks if you are a name which is close to your name but not right, don’t just nod to be polite instead of correcting her. This is a way in which you may end up being mixed up with another patient who has a similar name. Make sure that your doctors know at every point exactly who you are, what your name is and what you are in hospital for.
When to speak to an injury lawyer in Kirkby Stephen
If a mistake has been made and it has negatively affected your health, you are fully within your rights to demand compensation. The best way to go about this is to use an injury lawyer in Kirkby Stephen, who will be able to work through your claim with you, making the process easier and less stressful for you.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and the team will talk you through the incident and whether you are likely to make a successful claim. If you decide to proceed, you will be passed onto an injury lawyer in Kirkby Stephen who will work on a 100% no win no fee* basis to get you the compensation you deserve. Your solicitor can also be reached whenever you need by calling the helpline 24/7.
Date Published: 6th October 2013
Author: Emma Matthews