"Informing in-patients on how to operate bed and lighting"

About: University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

(as the patient),

I was an in-patient at UCL heart hospital, this was the first time I have ever been an in-patient.

While the nurses were good, I wish the nurses who saw me on the day of admission had set up the bed so that I could adjust it and also showed me how to adjust the lights behind my bed.

It was only on the day of my discharge that a nurse pulled up something on the right side of my bed that had the bed's control (tilting, etc) buttons on it. I did not even know that it was there. If I had known, I could have adjusted my bed to be more comfortable on the previous day and night.

Also, the nurses saw that I was reading in the rather unsatisfactory general ward lighting but none of them informed me that I could switch on the panel light behind my bed. It was only on the day of my discharge, when I noticed another patient using his light, that I realised that this was available. I then asked a nurse as to how to switch it on and move it and wish I knew about it on admission.

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