For someone cooped up in a hospital bed, a delivery of flowers or a gift hamper can brighten their day tremendously. An arrangement of colourful flowers will not only brighten the patient’s day, but they will brighten their hospital room. However, before you send flowers or gift hampers to St John of God Murdoch Hospital or to Fiona Stanley Hospital, it is a good idea to check on your friend’s condition before scheduling a delivery to see if they are allowed to have flowers or gifts delivered.

When is Appropriate to Send Flowers

If you have a friend or family member in the hospital, you may want to send a get well flower or gift delivery in Murdoch to help cheer them up, but you need to be cautious. There are some areas of the hospitals that will not accept deliveries and it is always wise to check with the hospital to see which department your friend or family member has been admitted. Just as many hospitals do, St. John of God Murdoch Hospital discourages deliveries to patients in the Intensive Care or the Coronary Care Units of the hospital.

These areas of the hospital care for critically ill patients and the rooms are generally small, filled with equipment and have no extra space for gifts or flower arrangements. Since many people are sensitive to smells or have allergies, flowers are not permitted to the units for the health and safety of the other patients on the floor. Even though your friend or family member isn’t allergic to flowers, someone else in the unit may be and the flowers could inhibit their ability to breath.

Even if your friend isn’t in a critical care unit, you might want to check to see if flowers are appropriate for them. They may have allergies that you’re unaware of, or if you want to send a gift basket of snacks, they may not be allowed to eat certain foods while they are in the hospital. It is always advisable to check with hospital personnel to see if it is okay to send your friend a flower or gift delivery.

Send their Favourite Flower

If you are unsure what to send, find out what type of flowers your your friend’s likes. They may have a favourite flower that you can order from the florist to send to their room. If they don’t have a favourite flower, pick an arrangement or bouquet in their flower colour. Seeing something they like in their room will bring a smile to their face and let them know that you’re wishing them a speedy recovery from their ailment or injury.

Flowers such as Gerber daisies come in very bold, bright colours that can cheer up any one’s day. You can also select from beautiful orchids, tulips or even carnations in various colours to send to your friend’s hospital room. Seasonal flowers are also a great choice for arrangements or bouquets, especially if the patient likes wild-flowers that are native to the area.

Send Flowers and Gifts for the Occasion

There is a local Murdoch florist who offer floral arrangements or gift hampers made especially for special occasions, such as celebrating the arrival of a new baby in Murdoch. You may find many arrangements in pink with a toy or accessories if a friend or family member has had a baby girl or they may be blue to celebrate the arrival of a baby boy.

Many gift hampers come with baby items that the new parents will find useful for their newborn. You can usually find hampers with baby care items like lotions, shampoos or baby powder to care for their skin. They may also have baby booties, soft plush toys or one-piece outfits they can be dressed in for their hospital stay. These items are practical as well as fun for the new mum and dad to receive. Don’t forget to throw in a treat for the parents, such as flowers or chocolates.

Be Careful with Food Baskets

Even if you know the types of food and snacks that your friend likes, you should be careful about sending food baskets to the hospital. Unless you know they are not on a restricted diet, you should check with St John of God Murdoch Hospital or one of their relatives to find out if your friend can have their favourite foods sent to them. If they’ve been sick enough to warrant a stay in the hospital, they may not be up to eating the type of food or snacks that are available in most gift baskets.

Rather than send salty or sweet snacks to your friend, send a fresh fruit basket they can enjoy in the hospital and take home with them. It is also a good idea for friends or family visiting the patient, especially if they are spending several hours a day at their bedside. Fresh fruit will give them something healthy to eat that will help them keep their strength up while they are visiting the patient.

Check Patient Status Before Ordering

Before you call your favourite florist and have them deliver an arrangement or gift basket to St John of God Murdoch Hospital, call to check on the patient. They may have already been discharged or will be discharged before they can receive their flower or gift basket delivery. If that is the case, have your delivery sent to their home rather than the hospital. They can enjoy the flowers or snacks while they are recuperating in the comfort of their own bed.

Lasting Treats for the Patient

When you do order an arrangement of flowers or a gift, add a Get Well balloon to the delivery or order the arrangement in a cheerful mug or beautiful vase that they can continue to use well after the cut flowers have died. If your friend or family member doesn’t care for cut flowers, have a flowering plant sent instead. A nice geranium or some mums will help cheer them up and they can keep the plant and transfer it to their garden or keep it inside their home.