What to pack for a stay in hospital
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.
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.