In this section
- Attending Outpatients
- Visiting people in hospital
- Coming into hospital
- What to bring
- Language and Communication
- TV and Radio
- Mobile phones, laptops and tablets
- Food and Nutrition
- Infection Control
- Privacy and dignity
- Safeguarding Adults
- Learning Disability Services
- Data protection
- Overseas Visitors
- Leaving hospital
- Car Parking Concessions
- Patient information leaflets
- Stop Smoking Service
- Overseas Visitors
What to bring to hospital
Always bring your appointment card or admission letter with you when you go into hospital.
Your hospital stay: What to bring
If you are staying in hospital you may also need the following:
- two nightdresses or pairs of pyjamas (depending on the length of your stay)
- day clothes (you may not need to wear your night clothes for your entire stay in hospital. Hospital wards are often kept warm, so bear this in mind when choosing clothes.)
- clean underwear
- a dressing gown and slippers
- a small hand towel
- toiletries, including soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner
- sanitary towels or tampons
- a razor and shaving materials
- a comb or hairbrush
- things to occupy you, such as books, magazines or puzzle books
- a small amount of money to buy things such as newspapers, phone calls and anything you may want from the hospital shop or ward trolley
- any medicines you normally take, including nicotine replacement treatment, eye drops, inhalers and creams
- a notebook and pen to write down any questions you have when the doctor is not available
- if you wish, you can bring healthy snacks to eat between meals
- your address book and important phone numbers, including your GP’s name, address and telephone number
- proof that you do not have to pay prescription charges, if applicable (inpatients don't normally have to pay for the medication they are sent home with)
Patients' own medicines
When you come into hospital it is very important to bring in any medicines or tablets you are taking as the doctor will need to see them.
We will continue to use your supply of medication while you are in hospital so please bring all medicines in the original containers.
Limit clutter and gifts
Keeping your bed area free from clutter makes cleaning easier. Where possible, it is advisable to mark all items of personal property with your name.
You will have a bedside locker for your personal belongings. Do not leave any valuables or money by your bed unattended.
The Trust cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to patients' personal belongings. Please avoid bringing cash and valuables with you to hospital.
The Trust can only be responsible for property that has been handed to staff and for which an official receipt has been issued.
Please do not have large sums of money with you - you will only need a small amount of money, for example for newspapers and snacks.
Giving Birth: What to Pack
For more information about what to take with you if you’re going into hospital to give birth, visit NHS Choices Giving birth in hospital: what to pack.
To find out about the facilities available at your local hospital including restaurant facilities, cash machine, post box and shops click here.
Your admission letter will outline what you need to bring with you for your appointment or hospital stay.