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World's first 'travel guide' for hospitals put together by Ealing doctor

The 'travel guide' for hospitals is the brain child of an Ealing doctor and two other leading medical practitioners

Dr Oliver Warren, co-author of Going Into Hospital?

An Ealing consultant surgeon has teamed up with two other leading medical practitioners to produce the world’s first ‘travel guide’ for hospitals.

Oliver Warren is the co-author of Going Into Hospital? which offers advice on how hospitals work and what patients can expect and plan for during their stay.

The guide gives information on a range of topics including the roles of different staff members, the hows and whys of medical tests and treatments, decoding hospital speak, how to prevent deep vein thrombosis, what to expect from cancer treatment and emergency or elective surgery, and more.

Dr Warren worked with pharmacist Bryony Dean Franklin and psychologist Charles Vincent to produce the guide, which is based on the most common questions and concerns raised by their patients.

Dr Warren said: “Studies show that patients who are well-informed and who understand concepts like choice, risk and benefit work better with their doctors and are safer in the hospital environment.

“The problem is that for many patients, hospital is like a foreign country, full of strange language, customs and routines that leave people nervous, confused and overwhelmed. These feelings are even harder to deal with when you, or someone close to you, are ill.

“Rarely a week goes by when I don’t help a friend or family member navigate and deal with an increasingly complex healthcare system in the hope of improving their quality of care.

“This book is an attempt to do this on a larger scale, by providing as much information as possible to all those going into hospital, as a patient, carer or family member.”

The guide is out now in paperback, priced at £14.99, and Kindle eBook, priced £9.99.

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