Before you leave home 

  • Remember to let relatives or friends know that you will be admitted to hospital, and give them the hospital’s telephone number and ward telephone number (if known)
  • Cancel any regular deliveries, such as milk or newspapers
  • Cancel any home help, like meals-on-wheels or cleaning
  • Arrange for dependent relatives or pets to be cared for
  • Dispose of any perishable food

What you should bring with you:

  • Your admission letter and details of next-of-kin, closest friend or relative
  • Any medicines that you use (including non-prescription and herbal medicines), and a list of any allergies you may have
  • Clothes: two nighties or pyjamas; dressing gown and slippers; daywear (comfortable clothes) and underwear
  • Toiletries: toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hairbrush, shaving kit, deodorant, flannel or sponge, box of tissues, ear plugs and sanitary products as appropriate
  • Money for telephone, television and internet services
  • Any walking or hearing aids – spectacles, contact lenses or dentures (please bring cases with your name on and cleaning equipment for these items)
  • You may also like to bring: your diary or personal organiser, books, magazines, knitting, puzzles, electronic games (please keep these on silent mode so as not to disturb other patients), pen, paper, stamps, bottled water.

Please don’t bring:

  • Towels or bed linen – these are provided by the hospital
  • Washing powder – there are no laundry facilities on the wards, so please ask a friend or relative to do any washing for you and bring any extra changes of clothes you need
  • Valuables – large amounts of money, jewellery, expensive games, computers or music players
  • Anything noisy – please don’t bring your own TV, radio or DVD player
  • Alcohol – is strictly not allowed in any of the Trust’s hospitals and is not available in the Trust cafes and restaurants
  • Mobile phones – you can use mobile phones in the hospital but they must be switched to ‘discreet’ mode when used on the wards. Please be considerate when using your mobile phone; we ask that your visitors leave the ward area to make or receive calls.


As in most NHS hospitals, smoking is not permitted in any of our hospitals, grounds or hospital transport, and there is no exception to this rule. It is also banned within 100 metres of any hospital building. If you would like information about giving up smoking please contact the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

The use of e-cigarettes and the charging of them is also not permitted within the hospitals, grounds, or hospital transport and they are known fire and safety hazards.     More information on the risks associated with the use and charging of e-cigarettes, particularly when also using oxygen as part of your treatment can be provided by nursing staff.