Hospitals & Services
If you need an admission to hospital, you will be admitted to ward 25 which is the adult respiratory ward.
Our infection control policy requires each person with Cystic Fibrosis to be cared for in a single room. If you don’t have a room with an ensuite bathroom, you will be allocated a toilet and shower to use during your stay. This is to prevent cross infection between CF patients.
To help you feel at home the Cystic Fibrosis Association has provided:
TV, video/DVD and fridge units
Laptop computer (available on request)
Internet access via free wireless internet
Each single room has a telephone and separate extension number
Access to DVD library (as well as a wide range of movies, we have DVDs of Cystic Fibrosis Conference talks available.)
The Catering Associates provide you meal options. As a Cystic Fibrosis patient with specific nutritional needs an additional sheet may be provided for ordering extras, etc. If this has not been provided, please ask to see the dietitian.
Approximate meal times are breakfast 7.25am, lunch 12.45pm and dinner 5.25pm.
There is a washing machine and clothes dryer available to use. These are primarily provided for patients staying from out of town or for those with limited social supports. Please be aware that due to hospital infection control policy, only hot washes (95oC) are permitted in the washing machine.
An exer-cycle is available for your use which sites in the corridor. You can also arrange to visit the hospital gym. please ask your nurse or the physiotherapist.
Christchurch Hospital Information Booklets are available. If you don’t get a copy, please ask for one. This booklet explains other hospital facilities, e.g. hairdresser, bank, café, etc.
Probiotics may be helpful for people with antibiotic associated diarrhoea.
Probiotics are thought to alter the gut bacteria mainly by reducing the growth of bad bacteria. This can improve the immune response and gut function as the bad bacteria are stopped from invading the gut lining.
Probiotics come in many different strains and names and have different ability to colonise the gut as well as resistances to bile and stomach acid.
Probiotics are generally safe and well tolerated but are not recommended in patients who are immunocompromised e.g. CF patients following lung transplant.
Currently in Canterbury the Cystic Fibrosis Association will fund short term probiotics if requested by the CF team. It is recommended that probiotics are started at the same time as the antibiotics.