What to bring with you

A bedside locker is available for personal belongings, however storage space in each bedroom is limited, so please only bring essential items during your stay. It's really important that we keep surfaces tidy and clutter-free so that these can be easily cleaned. 

If you are a longer-stay patient and need more belongings, this can be discussed with the nursing team. 

You may wish to use this checklist as a helpful guide:

  • Medication (see below)
  • Clothes and underwear 
  • Night clothes (front opening/buttoning)
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers (well-fitting with a back)
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Shampoo
  • Liquid soap (not a bar)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste / denture cleaner
  • Paper tissues
  • Glasses and/or contact lenses
  • Shaving equipment (any electrical equipment may need to be tested by hospital staff before use)
  • Walking stick (if you normally use one)
  • Hearing aid (if you have one) and batteries
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Things to keep you entertained, e.g. ipad or tablet, book and/or magazines


Please bring your regular medicines with you into hospital. These should include all those prescribed by your general practitioner, including:

  • Eye drops
  • Inhalers
  • Patches
  • Creams
  • Injections
  • Any medicines that you take regularly but purchase from your local pharmacy, including any herbal or homeopathic preparations.

The medicines should be in their original packaging and it is advisable to bring in at least a week's supply.

These must be shown to your nurse or doctor when you arrive. Your nurse will arrange for them to be stored securely on the ward during your stay.

If you have an anticoagulant record book, methotrexate or lithium monitoring booklet, please bring this with you.

What not to bring with you

Please do not bring the following into hospital:

  • Alcohol
  • Knives
  • Towels
  • Flannels/face-cloths


Please do not bring in a lot of money or valuables. If you bring change please keep this to a minimum - all of our facilities on site accept cash and card payments. 

We regret that the hospital cannot be held responsible for any money or valuables which are not handed over for safe-keeping.