If the department asks you to bring all home medication with you to the hospital, this refers to all medicines you take at home (including medicines not prescribed by your GP) in their original packaging.
This includes blood thinners, sleeping pills, painkillers, contraceptive pill, eye drops, syringes, inhalers, ointments, food supplements and homeopathic remedies. Even medicines that you take only occasionally should not be forgotten.
Inform the nurse of any medicines you do not tolerate or to which you are allergic.
Download a blank medication schedule below. Fill it in yourself or, if necessary, get help from a family member, a home care nurse, your pharmacist or your GP.
Never take medication without permission
Medication is always given by the nurse. We therefore ask you to give all your home medication to the nurse looking after you. Your medication brought with you will be returned to you no later than the day of your discharge from hospital.
Any medication you need will be ordered for you at the hospital pharmacy and brought to you by the nurse at the appropriate times.
Some medicines should not be taken together because they may interfere with examinations or operations. During your stay, never take medicines without your doctor's permission, even if they seem harmless. Your doctor will therefore sometimes suggest adjusting your home medication temporarily.
Ask the doctor or nurse for an explanation
If at any time upon admission or during your stay you have questions or do not know (or do not recognise) the medicines provided because they are different from what you expect, do not hesitate to ask for more information from your attending doctor or nurse on the ward.