What should I bring to hospital?

If you're staying for any length of time at the hospital, either for day care or as an inpatient, there are things you need to bring and other things you might want to consider bringing.

Essentials

Medicines

If you are being admitted for a stay as an inpatient, please bring your own medicines from home. If you are coming for an outpatient or day care appointment, please bring a list of your current medicines, such as your repeat prescription list or medication reminder charts. Medicines and remedies we would like to know about include:

  • Medicines prescribed by your GP in their original packets
  • Any over-the-counter medicines that you buy from a pharmacy or supermarket
  • Any medicines or herbal remedies that you get from a health food shop or homeopathic practitioner.

As we are a specialist hospital, we may not have all your medicines in stock and it may take a day or two to order these. Bringing your own medicines from home will ensure you can continue taking them without disruption during your stay.

Letting us know which medicines you take also means we can check that they are still suitable for you. Our pharmacists are on hand to offer advice about all of the medicines and remedies you are taking.

Toiletries and nightclothes

If you are staying overnight as an inpatient, you should bring your personal toiletries, shaving kit or electric razor, nightclothes, dressing gown and well-fitting, enclosed slippers in a small bag. We encourage patients to change out of their nightclothes whenever possible, so you might like to bring something light and comfortable to wear around the hospital.

Non-essentials and things to pass the time

Your time at the hospital might involve long periods when nothing much happens; for example, the waiting time between tests or treatments. Feel free to bring a book or a magazine, games or anything else that might help pass the time.

Although we provide food and drink, you can bring your own refreshments with you if you like. We suggest light refreshments like cordial, fruit or biscuits.

If you are an inpatient, a small bedside locker is provided for your personal belongings. Space is very limited so please only bring a small bag with you.

Money and valuables

Please don't bring very expensive items or large amounts of money with you when coming to the hospital.

If you do need to bring valuables or money with you, please tell a member of the ward staff. They will arrange for your valuables to be collected and taken for safekeeping. We will give you a receipt for your items. You can withdraw them any time between 09:00 and 16:30, Monday to Friday. Please note that we can't store laptop computers in the safe.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to personal property of any kind, including money and laptop computers, regardless of how the loss or damage may occur.