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Preparing for your stay

We aim to provide the highest standards of care and hope that your stay will be as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

If you have any questions during your stay please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help.

Before you leave home

On the day you are due to come in, please telephone us if you feel at all unwell, for example with a cough, cold or upset stomach. The telephone number to call is shown in your letter.

If you live alone, remember to cancel your newspapers and milk. You may also wish to take advice about the security of your home while you are in hospital.

Items to bring with you on the day of your admission

1. Toiletries such as:

  • Hairbrush, comb and shampoo

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste or denture cleaner

  • Soap, face wash, shower gel

  • Towels

  • Deodorant

  • Hand-wipes or tissues


2. Comfortable clothes and shoes for day time, plus nightwear, underwear, slippers and a dressing gown.

3. All tablets, medicines and inhalers (in their original containers). We offer a self-medication scheme allowing you to take your own medicines while you are in hospital if appropriate.

If your doctor has given you a completed drug history form, please bring this with you.

If you have been prescribed nicotine replacement therapy, please bring this with you.

 4. The names and addresses of the following people:

  • Your next of kin, together with day time and evening telephone numbers

  • Your doctor (GP)

5. List of questions or concerns you may want to talk about with your medical team.

6. Any aids, such as spectacles, loop system, continence aids, magnifying glass, *zimmer frame, *walking stick, *wheelchair etc. *Please ensure these items are labelled with your full name.


Items your relative/close one may wish to bring you during your hospital stay

  • Books, magazines, knitting, writing material and small change for the telephone (as required)

  • Change of day clothes, underwear and nightwear

  • Male patients may need shaving equipment (facilities for electric razors are available, although adaptors are not)

  • Female patients may need sanitary care

Items not to bring

If you are staying in hospital, please do not bring:

  • large suitcases, as we have only very limited space for clothing and personal property
  • large amounts of food  
  • any valuables such as jewellery, or large sums of money; a small amount of cash for newspapers and phone calls should be sufficient.

If you do bring essential valuables into hospital, please tell a member of staff, who will arrange for them to be kept in the hospital safe. 

If you wish to keep your valuables or money with you, you will be asked to sign a form to indicate that you are happy to keep them with you and accept responsibility for their safe keeping.

The Trust will not accept liability for loss of or damage to any article kept in your possession