For most people being a patient is unfamiliar and therefore it is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a patient. If you have any questions regarding your rights and responsibilities please ask our staff.
- To be treated with courtesy, and have your ethnic, cultural and religious beliefs respected
- To be informed about facilities and services, costs, medications used, methods of treatment and referral to other services
- To confidentiality of personal information
- To involvement in decisions aboxut your caren To staff who identify themselves to you
- To an explanation of treatment and its risks before giving consent
- To advice on seeking a second medical opinion
- To advice on care after discharge
- To discharge yourself at any time even against the advice of your doctor or hospital staff. However, you must accept the associated risks and sign a form taking responsibility before you leave the hospital.
- To answer questions about your health honestly and to comply with prescribed treatment
- To tell staff about any regular medication you are taking
- To make sure you understand what is said to you
- To abide by the hospital’s non-smoking policy
- To advise staff if visitors are worrying you
- To show consideration for other patients
- To treat your health care workers with respect and courtesy regardless of their cultural and ethnic background
- To check your level of cover with your health fund prior to admission.