"Overcame staff apprehension about Parkinson's self-medication at Royal Hallamshire Hospital"

About: Royal Hallamshire Hospital / Neurology

(as the patient),

I got my medication on time during my stay at Royal Hallamshire Hospital towards the end of November, but the staff on Ward 1 at Royal Hallamshire seemed to understand very little about Parkinson's medication, but I explained they could lock away the bulk of my medication but allow me to load my pill-timer with the day's tablets. I kept my pill-timer with me, it even went down to the theatre with me. I was then able to self-medicate all day as I do at home.

There were no problems once I explained I had been managing my own medication for 32 years. They put my Rotigotine transdermal patches in the ward fridge and were prompt when fetching it to me when it was needed.

I believe some staff were apprehensive about my arrival having been informed that I would need to self-medicate. I hope I proved their fears were groundless.

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Response from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your experiences during your recent in-patient stay at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. We are pleased that the staff listened to you about your medication needs and that you managed to negotiate a routine that suited you and the staff involved.

Feedback is very important to ensure that we continue to improve our services for patients and we will make sure the staff involved are aware of your comments.

Thank you again