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Preparing for your Inpatient stay

Preparing for your hospital visit

A few days before you are due to come in to hospital please make sure you check your admissions letter for all the details you may need to know such as where to go when you arrive and for any special instructions, for example not eating or bringing a urine sample.

If you are having an operation, 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.

Please call the number on your admission letter to discuss whether you are well enough for treatment if you have had any of the following in the three days running up to your admission date:

  • exposure to an infection such as chickenpox, measles, mumps or rubella
  • signs or symptoms of such infections
  • a cough or a cold, or other breathing or chest problems.

It is also a good idea to phone the hospital number on your hospital letter to make sure everything is ready for your arrival. Bring your admission letter with you and if you have any questions or concerns, write them down and bring them with you.

What to bring

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

  • any medication you have been taking
  • nightwear and a dressing gown
  • slippers
  • bring toiletries, including a toothbrush, toothpaste and a hand towel, to assist in washing
  • 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 encourage our patients to get dressed and mobile as soon as they are able to promote their dignity and to help them recover quicker. We would love to see more patients in their own clothes as it helps them feel more positive and has a beneficial effect on well-being. Getting patients moving, if they are able to, often reduces the length of time they need to spend in hospital, aids recovery and reduces de-conditioning through muscle wasting. 

To help this we ask you to also bring: 

  • daywear, underwear, socks and comfortable shoes. 

We encourage family and friends to help you with eating, dressing and walking (where appropriate) and our staff are happy to support you in the correct way to do this. Together we can help encourage our patients to 'Get Moving 2 Get Home'.


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.