Sending flowers is ideal for many occasions, from birthdays and engagements to congratulatory celebrations and more.
A beautiful bouquet of blooms is also a sure-fire way to brighten up the day for a friend or family member who is currently in hospital. However, it’s important to take into consideration a few factors before doing so…
Four key things to consider
- Contact the hospital where your friend, colleague, or family member is staying, and check with reception to see if they allow for flower deliveries.
- Ask the individual on duty at reception for the best time to deliver flowers and choose a time accordingly.
- Choose a bouquet that is guaranteed to delight the recipient, yet also one that won’t offend other hospital guests – avoid anything too perfumed or bright.
- Make sure you have the hospital address and the details of the person to hand.
Why is it important to take these factors into consideration when sending flowers to a hospital?
Not all hospitals will allow for flower deliveries and if they do, they may prefer them to be delivered at a specific time. This requires even more thought as a result of the pandemic, as a number of wards and other hospital areas may be off-limits for flowers and other deliveries.
Likewise, it’s important to check that the individual is likely to remain in the hospital for when you intend to send the flowers, as the hospital will not be able to send them on once they have been discharged.
Flower delivery permission
In order to ensure flower delivery to a hospital is a hassle-free affair, it’s a good idea to speak to the hospital directly. Whether you use the phone book or Google the contact details, talking to someone on the front desk or ward will ensure the blooms you choose to arrive at the recipient safely.
Best delivery times
This varies per establishment and it’s important to discuss this with the front desk. They may want you to avoid visiting hours or late afternoons, alternatively, they may only allow for delivery on a specific day.
Online florists such as Serenata Flowers allow you to pick a delivery day and time, as well as next-day delivery option.
What to send someone who is in hospital
There is a handle of things you should factor into consideration prior to choosing a bouquet to send to a friend or family member in the hospital. For example, avoiding anything too fragranced is always a good idea, especially if the individual isn’t in a private room.
Their neighbours on the ward may suffer from hay fever, for example. You should also avoid blooms that are high maintenance, as if the individual is ill, they won’t have time to care for flowers, and nurses and doctors will likely be too busy to help.
Consider sending a vase
When sending blooms to the home of a certain individual, it’s likely they will have several vases to hand. However, when sending flowers to a hospital, they may be running low on vessels. If there is the option to add a vase to your order, this is a wise idea.
Consider the size
An extravagant, over-the-top bouquet is sure to impress and delight the recipient, however, this is probably not practical when sending blooms to a hospital.
It’s unlikely the individual will have much space to showcase the blooms and if they’re leaving the hospital via public transport or alone, a larger bouquet may be difficult for them to take with them.
Address without a room number
Don’t worry too much if you don’t have a room number! It’s not uncommon for patients to get moved, so it’s sometimes better to put the name and the address of the hospital only. The reception will ensure they get your chosen bouquet to its rightful recipient.
Remember to add a message
A number of online florists will invite you to add a message card to your blooms. Not only will this let the recipient know who the flowers are from, it is a great way to offer them well wishes (if they’re in the hospital for unfortunate reasons) or congratulations (if they’ve given birth to a child).
Next day delivery
In a rush to get blooms to the recipient? Worry not! Florists such as Serenata Flowers have an option for next-day delivery, meaning you can send blooms to the recipient in little time.
Unsure which bouquet to choose?
If you’re unsure of which blooms to opt for, pick a generic, minimalistic bunch. Better still, opt for the bouquet of the month. This is guaranteed to give you inspiration when choosing blooms for a loved one, irrespective of their style and taste. The colours are often also topical of the season, so they’re a great way of bringing a slice of the outside in.