Storage space on the wards is very limited, so please make sure that you only bring essential items.
What to bring to the ward
- Your admission letter
- Tablets and medicines – bring all your tablets, creams, drops, medicines etc that you are currently taking, including herbal remedies and any medicines you have bought
- Day clothes, night clothes, slippers, dressing gown, underwear. You may keep your day clothes but try to arrange for your suitcase to be taken home. It may help to put your name in your clothes to prevent items getting lost.
- Toiletries, hairbrush, comb, shampoo, soap, paper tissues, toothbrush, toothpaste, denture cleaner, shaving equipment, sanitary protection
- Face flannel, towels (hand and bath), wet wipes
- Items you need every day – for example your walking aid, hearing aids, glasses, orthopaedic shoes
- Entertainment items such as books, writing materials and envelopes, postage stamps, small change for the telephone, newspapers etc.
- Items of religious importance to you
Why should I bring my medication?
Please bring all your tablets, creams, drops, medicines. This will allow our health staff to know exactly what you are taking.
On admission to the hospital, any medicine that you bring in with you will be placed in a bedside locker. This reduces any possible waste of medicines in the NHS. While you are in hospital your own supply of medicines may be used to treat you.
A 14-day supply of medicines that you require when you leave will be provided for you by the hospital. This is done to ensure your medicines are returned to you when you are discharged from hospital unless:
- Your doctors have stopped or changed your usual medication.
- Your medication is no longer suitable for use, for example, out of date.
If you have any queries about any of the above ask to speak to the ward pharmacist or a member of the nursing staff.
What about money and valuables?
Please bring only the minimum amount of money and valuables with you. Jewellery should be left at home, including rings and watches, whenever possible. Although a bedside cabinet is provided, this cannot be locked, so you should not leave money or valuable items in it.
We cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage to personal belongings.
Can I bring electrical equipment?
We would request that you bring the minimum of electrical equipment with you, as any item that you bring will have to be checked by our electricians. This is to ensure that there are no faults, which will interfere with hospital electrical supplies. This process could take at least 48 hours, excluding weekends and public holidays.
We cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal electrical items, so please ensure that they are covered by your own personal insurance.