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What you need to bring

You may need to stay at one of our hospitals for an operation or treatment. If your stay is planned, you will receive an admission letter that contains details of your stay, such as the date you need to come to the hospital and where you need to go once you get here.

Please let us know prior to your stay about any special requirements, such as washing or praying facilities, or if you have a disability. Our staff are here to help you.

Unless your admission letter indicates otherwise, please bring the following items with you:

  • Toilet bag and toiletries including a face flannel and soap
  • Towel
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Suitable nightwear
  • Dressing gown
  • Shaving kit and mirror
  • Slippers
  • Stationery, stamps, pen etc
  • Glasses/contact lenses/hearing aid
  • Any communication aids that you need (except laptops, notebooks, mobile telephones and cameras)
  • Any medicines or tablets that you are taking


Please do not bring valuables with you.

Bring only small amounts of money so that you can use the telephones or watch television, buy a newspaper and small sundry items. If you do have valuables, ask for them to be put in the hospital safe. You can collect them when you leave, please speak to ward staff about this. Please note that monies handed in cannot be returned at weekends and will be paid back by cheque even if cash has been handed in.

Disclaimer: The Trust cannot accept responsibility or liability for patients' property brought onto hospital premises unless it is handed in for safe custody. A copy of an official patients' property record is obtained as a receipt.