If you are in hospital for a longer stay, your risk of getting a blood clot in your leg or your lung is much higher than usual.

It's important to keep moving while you are in bed to reduce the risk of blood clots.

To help prevent blood clots, try to:

  • Keep your legs and ankles moving even when you are in bed
  • Drink fluids as recommended
  • Wear compression stockings if asked to do so

You may also be provided with a foot pump.

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Last updated 21 December 2022