Patients often wish to know if they should take any usual prescribed tablets/medicines on the day of their chemo – the answer to this is yes Patient sometimes ask if they will need to be undressed and be in a bed for their chemo – the answer to this is no. Any patient taking regular pain relief drugs should bring this with them as they can self medicate whenever they need to. This saves the nurses finding a doctor to prescribe. In the time this takes pain can become worse and be more difficult to control. If the patient has their pain relief with them they can use it as soon as they feel any pain. This would also apply to any other regular medication being taken, but pain relief is the one which is usually left at home! The chemo suite has several portable DVD players, but limited DVD’s. If patients would like to bring in a choice of their own DVD’s we will happily supply the DVD player. Mobile phones are allowed to be used on the suite (within reason). This is helpful for when patients wish to let friends/relatives how they are doing or when they are ready for home. Some patients find it useful to bring their own pillow or cushion if they find it more comfortable to use when sitting for lengths of time. Although sandwiches, yoghurts, fruit, soup and juice are provided patients may bring their own food/drinks with them. However we cannot heat/reheat anything for them – food hygiene rules. Patients who prefer to drink bottled water will need to bring their own supply although there are vending machines which sell this.
Books, magazines and electronic book readers are a good idea. We do have magazines, but these are usually out of date. Patients may wish to bring in knitting, craft work etc if they wish.
Some patients will bring in their lap top/tablet which is OK, but should only be used on battery power and not from the mains. (PAT testing rules) If patients wish to bring in their own hand soap etc., for when they visit the toilet this is fine. In the colder months for patients who are to receive a chemo called Oxaliplatin they should bring with them scarf/hat/gloves to wear. (This is to help prevent some unpleasant effects of temperature change when on this drug).