12 ways to get a better nights sleep in hospital. Without taking drugs.

Getting a good nights sleep whilst you are in hospital is an essential part of your recovery process. Poor sleep patterns (referred to as sleep hygiene) can effect the functioning of your immune system, lead to mood disorders, effect your decision making, and increase the risk of delirium (acute confusion) in some people. Despite this … Continue reading 12 ways to get a better nights sleep in hospital. Without taking drugs.

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Emergency department overcrowding. Why is my bed in a corridor?

Every day, all over Australia patients that have been treated in Emergency Departments (ED's) and need admitting to hospital are moved out into ED corridors because there are no ward beds available.  Nationally, emergency department waiting times are steadily rising. A recent report (pdf) released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that … Continue reading Emergency department overcrowding. Why is my bed in a corridor?

Keep EMERGENCY health info with you always.

Having up to date information on your medical conditions, drug allergies, next of kin and care directives is vitally important to healthcare providers. You should carry this information on you. Always.Despite initiatives such as the My Heath Record (somewhat controversially) being rolled out in Australia, your health records may not always be readily accessible in an … Continue reading Keep EMERGENCY health info with you always.