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Staying in hospital as an inpatient

If you have been referred to hospital for an operation or test and you need to stay overnight, it means you’re being treated as an inpatient.

When you arrive at the hospital, you’ll be welcomed by a member of staff, who will explain the processes to you and what to expect.

You’ll be given an identity bracelet to wear at all times while you’re in the hospital.

While you’re in hospital, you should be involved in all decisions about your treatment.

If you wish, staff will keep members of your family or friends informed about your progress.

Consent to treatment

For some procedures, including operations, you’ll be asked to sign a consent form.

It’s up to you whether you give your consent for a treatment.

You should ask as much about the treatment as possible before giving your consent so you can give an informed decision.

For more information please visit staying in hospital as an inpatient – NHS