Also in Woodend Hospital - Aberdeen:
Please bring all your medicines with you when you come into hospital.
This gives the hospital staff looking after you a complete record of the medicines you are taking. It will make sure you do not miss any doses and prevents any confusion between medicines supplied in hospital and those left at home.
Normally your own medicines will be used during your stay in hospital and will be stored in a locked medicines box next to your bed. The nurses will give them to you as prescribed and they will be returned to you when you go home.
If any new medicines are started in hospital, you will be given a supply to take home if needed.
The hospital pharmacist can remove any medicines that have been stopped and destroy them, with your consent. If a dose of any medicine has changed the pharmacist will supply a new pack or will re-label your own pack with the new instructions.
The hospital pharmacist or nurse will make sure you have enough medicine to last for at least 14 days, either with you in hospital or if you have more at home. You should take the letter for your GP to your surgery as soon as possible. This will make sure that you can arrange for more supplies when you need them.
It may also be helpful to let your local pharmacist know you have been in hospital. If you show them your copy of the letter they can check any changes in medicines and make sure your prescriptions are updated.
Please check with the hospital doctor before admission when to stop these medicines. Sometimes a medicine may need to be stopped 10 days before surgery.
Please check with the hospital doctor if these medicines should be stopped before admission. Sometimes these medicines may need to be stopped a few weeks before surgery.
You will be asked if you have any allergies to medicines. It is important to tell staff if there are any medicines you have allergies to, any medicines that have given you a rash or upset your stomach. Bring a note of them with you. You will also be asked if things like elastoplast, metal or foods such as peanuts affect you.