Mail

Royal Hobart Hospital

Mail

Personal mail is delivered  to the ward daily. Incoming mail should be addressed as follows:

Name of Patient and ward number/name
Royal Hobart Hospital
GPO BOX 1061
HOBART TAS 7001

Medications

Bring any medications and supplements that you take, or have taken recently, with you to hospital. This includes anything that you may have purchased from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food store.

This will assist the medical staff in making an appropriate assessment of your future drug therapy requirements. Please also bring any eye drops, puffers, patches or creams/ointments that you are using. These medications will be checked by hospital staff and stored safely until you are ready to leave.

Do not take your own medications while you are an inpatient, unless specifically told to by an RHH nurse, pharmacist or doctor. The RHH provides the majority of the medications you will require.

When you are discharged (or when you attend as an outpatient), you will receive up to one month’s supply of medication. This will give you time to visit your local doctor to arrange further prescriptions.

There is a co-payment fee for medications dispensed by the Pharmacy Department for patients at discharge and when seen in an outpatient clinic.

Co-payments are based on the cost of the medication and whether the patient possesses a valid concession or entitlement card.

Pharmacy provides patients with an invoice, which needs to be paid within 30 days of receiving the medication. There are several payment options, which are detailed on the invoice.

Meals and Dietary Requirements

You will be provided with a choice of meals and a variety of menu plans.

Menus are delivered with breakfast and collected between 9:30am - 12:00 noon.

Some patients may be prescribed a special diet by their doctor as part of their treatment. If you are normally on a special diet at home or have a specific food allergy, please tell the nursing staff.

Meal times are:

Breakfast            7:00am to 8:00am
Morning Tea       10:00am
Lunch                 12:00 noon to 1:00pm
Afternoon Tea     3:00pm
Evening Meal      5:00pm to 6:00pm
Supper                7:00pm

A hot beverage is served at meal times.

Multicultural Health Services

A Multicultural Health Liaison Officer (MHLO) is employed by the RHH to assist refugees, humanitarian arrivals, international students and migrants with emotional and practical support, and to assist individuals and families to access to a wide range of culturally safe health care services.

Information is also provided to people and community groups on a range of health related topics, including maternal and child health care, women’s health, diabetes, preventative health, etc.

The MHLO plays an educative role within the hospital setting, delivering training on culturally safe practices to health care professionals who work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

If English is not the first language of the client, professional interpreters are able to assist the communication exchange of medical/clinical information at no cost.

The MHLO service is confidential and available to both patients and their families. The MHLO is available Monday to Friday on (03) 6166 8126 or 0448 902 042, or via email rhh.multiculturalhealthliaison@ths.tas. gov.au.

Speak with your nurse if you wish to see the MHLO.