Coming into Hospital

This section explains what you can expect during your stay in hospital. Our aim is to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Please ask us if there is anything we can do to make your stay with us better.

If you have any questions or concerns during your stay please speak to the nurse in charge or the ward sister.

What to bring?

Do bring:

  • Any medicines or tablets you are taking, including over the counter medicines
  • Tissues
  • Wet wipes for hand hygiene
  • Pyjamas or night-dress
  • Dressing gown and slippers
  • Day wear - comfortable clothes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap and deodorant
  • Shaving items and mirror if appropriate
  • Sanitary products such as tampons if appropriate
  • A book or magazines
  • Spectacles if you need them
  • Small change for newspapers and telephone
  • Underwear
  • Bath towel and a flannel or sponge
  • Bottle of squash
  • Walking aid – frame, stick, crutches – if you need them

Don't bring:

  • Large amounts of money
  • Valuables such as jewellery
  • Electrical items except shaver
  • Alcohol or illegal substances

Please Note:
The Trust cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to patients’ property. You will be asked to sign a disclaimer to this effect.

Patient Safety Briefing 

Based on the concept of safety advice given on aeroplanes before they take off, patients can now watch a two and a half minute film to help them look after themselves during their hospital stay.

Watch the Patient Safety Briefing film

Please note: that this film is hosted by Vimeo. By clicking on the link you will be leaving our site. Vimeo may have a different privacy policy to our own and we are not responsible for their site.

You can also download the accompanying booklet Making your stay with us safe (PDF) - please note this is an external link.