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Preparing for your Inpatient stay

If you are having an operation then fasting is essential prior to surgery under general anaesthetic, as it prevents vomiting and other complications. The length of fasting time varies for different procedures. You will be notified of this either prior to your appointment in some patient information you might have been sent, or by the nursing staff if you are already on the ward.

What to do on the day you are due to come into hospital

On the day that you are due to come in to hospital please phone the hospital before you set out from home to check that a bed is available for you. The telephone number will be on your admission letter. 

If you get a cough or cold and are not sure whether you should come in, phone the admissions office or ward for advice.

What to bring

Bringing the following items with you will make your stay as comfortable as possible: 

  • Nightwear
  • A dressing gown
  • Slippers 
  • A hand towel
  • Toiletries
  • Spectacles and a hearing aid if you need them - it's a good idea to label or mark them with your name 
  • Dentures if you need them, ideally with a pot labelled with your name (a pot can be provided on request) 
Please do not bring large amounts of money or valuables with you. 
Please also bring with you any medication that you have been taking.



We are committed to providing you with excellent healthcare. Unfortunately, whilst we are caring for you we are not able to provide a general property management service.

We will not accept liability for loss and damage to your property and belongings unless they have been handed over for safe keeping and a receipt has been issued to you or your relative.

We strongly advise that you think carefully about what property you bring into hospital.

Valuable property which we are holding on your behalf will not be kept on the ward and will not be immediately accessible.

It would be advisable if your property is clearly labelled with your name. It is best to use an indelible marker pen or name labels.  

Please try to keep the amount of property you are bringing into hospital to a minimum as we have limited space available. We suggest that you bring no more than a small suitcase or holdall.