Youth Cancer

Tips for Staying in Hospital

Having long periods of time in hospital can be really boring! We have some tips to make your hospital stay a little easier.

Tips for long hospital stays

  • Ask friends to visit and bring snacks.
  • Bring your tracky dacks, posters, photos and other favourite stuff from home to make the hospital room feel nicer.
  • Offer the nurses lollies if you have them – they’ll love you for it.
  • Get to know the night nurses well. They’ll save you from insanity when you can’t sleep!
  • Beg, borrow or steal as much media as you can - a game-boy, laptop, books, magazines, DVDs. Surf the net or do some art… anything to kill some time!
  • Start a journal.
  • Make a visitor book or poster for visitors to sign and leave messages on.
  • Take pictures of people who come to visit. This can be nice to look at once you’re out of hospital too.
  • Stand up for yourself and ensure you get what you want.
  • Unplug your phone if you’re not feeling well or don’t feel like visitors, or when you’re ready to sleep.
  • Get outside if you are well enough. Some fresh air and sunshine can make a nice change.
  • Get your friends to help you load up your ipod and make playlists for you.
  • If you can’t muster the energy to read but would love a good story to distract you, try an audio book. Entertainment with your eyes closed – bonus!