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Please ask us to unlock your door when you would like to go back into your room. Staff may come into your room. We will knock before entering. Telephone Calls You can make local telephone calls using a cordless patient phone at no cost to you. Please ask us for access to this phone. We ask that you limit calls from the patient phone. Please speak with your nurse if you need to make a long distance call. You can make national calls in some circumstances. You are welcome to bring your mobile phone or other electronic devices to the MHSSU but access will be decided by your treating team. For safety reasons we may store your charger in the staff station and charge your phone for you. Please respect the privacy of others by not using any camera or recording features. It is your responsibility to keep your mobile phone and electronic devices safe. Good sleep is important in your recovery. To help with this, your mobile phone and electronic devices may be kept in the staff station overnight from 11pm until 7am. Valuables We recommend that you do not bring expensive items or large amounts of cash to the MHSSU. Some small electrical appliances are allowed if they are less than 12 months old. Older items cannot be brought to the MHSSU due to the risk of malfunction. We may remove and store these items if they present a risk to you or other people at the MHSSU.
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Welcome to the Mental Health Short Stay Unit | 7 Complementary Medicines Complementary medicines include things like vitamins, supplements, fish oil, natural remedies and herbal preparations. They can be bought from pharmacies, supermarkets or health food stores. When you arrive please give any complementary medicines to your nurse for safekeeping. Talk with your doctor if you would like to use complementary medicines during your stay. If your doctor approves their use, the complementary medicines will be listed on your chart and clinical file and will be given to you by your nurse at the usual medication times. Cigarettes The MHSSU is smoke-free. Cigarettes are not sold on the Canberra Hospital campus. We ask that visitors do not bring cigarettes or tobacco items into the unit. You must give all cigarette and tobacco items to us for safe keeping. You may have your cigarettes while on leave, however you must give them back to us when you return to the unit. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Doctors will discuss nicotine dependence with you when you are admitted. If required, we will provide a full range of NRT including patches and inhalers at no cost to you. We encourage the use of these products to improve your health. Please speak to your doctor if you have any concerns. Nicotine patches are listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). We will give you a prescription for nicotine patches when you are discharged if you have used them during your stay at the MHSSU. If you hold a concession card you can get a three month supply for the cost of a concession prescription. We recommend the use of NRT is continued
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