Inpatient care

Inpatients are people whose treatment requires overnight stays in hospital. You might be admitted to hospital for planned treatment or, if you have become unwell at home, you might need to be admitted to hospital as an emergency.

At our hospitals, a number of wards are single sex. Some are mixed, but in these men and women are kept separate from one another. Patients who need intensive care may be treated in mixed bay areas. Find out more.

Planned admission

We will discuss with you the date for your admission and will always try to give you a choice of dates. Please remember that this may not always be possible for a number of reasons such as the availability of a theatre.

There might be times when we have to offer you an admission date at short notice. If the date isn’t convenient for you, please contact the Admissions and Pre-assessment Unit at Sutton on 020 8661 3379 or the Transitional Care Unit at Chelsea on 020 7808 2405.

When you arrive

We will send you a letter to confirm the date and time of your admission, and to let you know where to go when you arrive.

At Chelsea (Monday to Friday)

If you are being admitted for surgery that day, please report to the Surgical Day Unit. Nurses will prepare you for surgery and either walk you to theatre or take you to your ward before surgery.

If you are a private patient please report to Private Patient Admissions.

For all other admissions, please report to the Transitional Care Unit on the second floor of the Markus Centre, where a nurse will see you and take you to your ward as soon as possible.

Please contact the Transitional Care Unit on 020 7808 2405 if you have any questions about your admission.

At Sutton (Monday to Friday)

Please report directly to the ward given in your admissions letter. The receptionists at the front desk will let you know where to go from there.

Please contact the Admissions and Pre-assessment Unit on 020 8661 3379 if you have any questions.

At weekends

The on-call Clinical Site Practitioner (senior nurse) will confirm your admission and let you know what time to come and which ward to report to. Please contact him or her on 020 7352 8171 bleep 022 (Chelsea) or 020 8642 6011 bleep 017 (Sutton).

Royal Marsden Macmillan Hotline

The Royal Marsden Macmillan Hotline can be contacted on 020 8915 6899 24 hours a day, seven days a week if you have any further questions about your treatment.