Toowong Private Hospital recognises and acknowledges that all patients have important rights and responsibilities.
The RESPONSIBILITIES of every patient include:
- ABSENCES FROM HOSPITAL - Voluntary patients are not constrained to the
Hospital premises. However patients must:
- ADVANCED HEALTH DIRECTIVES - All patients have a responsibility for
providing their treating psychiatrist with a copy of this directive, and informing
health care staff of this action.
- ALCOHOL AND PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES - The possession and/or
consumption of alcohol, non-prescribed medication or illicit drugs is
prohibited within the grounds of Toowong Private Hospital. It is also the
patient's responsibility that such substances are not consumed to any
extent that may conflict with treatment or medication whilst temporarily
absent from the Hospital. Use of substances may result in discharge.
- CARE OF VALUABLES - Patients are responsible for the care of their own
personal items and valuables. Where possible, valuables should be sent
home, and not be left unsecured in patients' rooms. Any valuables patients
wish to keep should be secured in the locked drawer in each patient's room
or deposited at Reception for securing in the Hospital safe. The Hospital
reserves the right to decline to accept valuables for safekeeping. Any
valuables deposited are retained at the risk of patients.
- COMPLIANCE WITH TREATMENT - including:
1. Patients should participate in their treatment and care as planned with their
psychiatrist and other members of the clinical team.
2. Patients should cooperate with nursing and allied health clinical staff.
3. Patients should identify themselves when asked by a member of the
clinical team, before procedures or medicines can be administered.
- FINANCIAL LIABILITY - All patients have a responsibility to be, or to become,
fully aware of the costs incurred during their admission, including treatment,
and payment of personal items such as pharmacy and telephone calls.
Patients should also be aware of any co payments or excesses related to
their health insurance.
- MEDICATION - Patients have the responsibility of delivering any personal
medication to the Nurses' Station. Medication must not be kept in patients'
- PROVISION OF INFORMATION - All patients have the responsibility to
provide, to the best of their knowledge, accurate and complete information
about their presenting problem/s, past illnesses, previous hospitalisations,
medications and other matters relating to their health and treatment.
All patients have the responsibility to seek information from their doctor and
the treating clinical team, about their proposed treatment and care and
expectations as a patient.
- RESPECT AND CONSIDERATION - All patients have the responsibility for
being considerate and respectful of the rights of other patients, Hospital
personnel and visitors. The responsibility to respect others privacy applies to
photography or social networking technology such as Facebook and Twitter.
All patients have the responsibility of treating all hospital property with respect
- SAFETY - All patients have the responsibility of ensuring, as far as possible,
their own and others' safety both inside and outside of the Hospital and its
grounds. This includes the responsibility to report any hazards at the facility,
which may compromise the health and safety of others.
- SMOKING - All patients have the responsibility of ensuring they do not smoke
within the Hospital's facilities and grounds and for five metres beyond the
hospital's boundaries. This requirement applies to all smoking products
including regular cigarettes and devices commonly known as electronic
- THREATENING BEHAVIOUR - All patients have the responsibility to accept
and comply with zero tolerance of aggression towards staff and / or other
- VEHICLES - All patients are discouraged from driving their vehicles to the
Hospital. If driving or parking a vehicle in the Hospital grounds, patients do
so at their own risk without any responsibility on the part of the Hospital for
loss or damage to vehicles or persons. If an inpatient, the patient has a
responsibility to handover their car keys to nursing staff for safe keeping
throughout their admission.
1. Notify of any departure and return to the Nurses' Station.
2. Observe Hospital policy in relation to hours of the departure and return.
3. Understand that they are responsible for their own care, health and
safety from the time of departure from the Hospital.
Those patients hospitalised under the Mental Health Act must comply with
legislative requirements in regard to absence and/or leave from the