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Your hospital checklist

If you’re wondering what to pack for your stay, here are a few suggestions…

Do bring…

  • Your admission letter
    That’s the letter sent to you with this guide. It contains detailed information including the date of your admission and where to go when you arrive.
  • Clothes
    You might find the following useful: nightwear and/or comfortable clothing, a dressing gown, underwear and slippers (for safety reasons, choose fully enclosed slippers with backs and non-slip soles).
  • Toiletries
    You may want to bring: a hairbrush or comb, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste/denture cleaner, soap, towels, flannel, shaving equipment, sanitary wear and paper tissues.
  • Medicines and allergy treatments
    We’ll need to see any medicines you’re currently taking, including those for any allergies, ideally in their original packaging. Bring everything in – tablets, injections, liquids, creams, inhalers and eye drops. Don’t forget to include any products bought from a pharmacy, supermarket or the internet, including homeopathic or herbal remedies. We need to compile a complete record of all the medicines you’re taking, so that we can best plan your treatment in hospital. Please let ward staff know if you have any allergies – for example, food, medicine or latex.
  • Questions you may have
    Think about any questions you’d like to ask your doctor – for example, ‘What will the treatment or procedure involve?’ ‘How will I feel after my treatment?’ ‘When will I be able to resume normal activities?’ You may find it helpful to write your questions down and bring the list with you to hospital.
  • A small amount of money
    A small amount of change may come in handy for telephone calls, stamps, newspapers and so on.

You may also want to bring...

  • Electrical equipment
    Some patients do bring in their hairdryers or shavers. But please note that before you can use anything electrical in hospital, it has to be checked by a hospital electrician to ensure that it is safe. A member of the ward staff can arrange this for you, on arrival.
  • MP3 players and personal stereos
    You can bring along your MP3 player or personal stereo if it is battery operated and has earphones, but please consider other patients by keeping the volume at a reasonable level.

    Please be aware that there isn’t anywhere secure on the ward for you to store your valuable items. You should keep this in mind when you’re planning what to bring with you. Barts and The London can only accept responsibility for loss, damage or theft of property that has been deposited with the cashiers for safekeeping and signed for by a member of staff.

Please don’t bring…

  • Washing powder
    Please ask a relative or friend to do any washing for you and provide extra changes of clothing as you will not be able to wash your clothes in the hospital.
  • Valuables
    We recommend keeping valuables at home, for your own security. However, if you wish, any small treasured possessions can be deposited with the hospital cashiers. Barts and The London can only accept responsibility for loss, damage or theft of property that has been deposited with the cashiers for safekeeping and signed for by a member of staff.
  • Anything noisy
    To avoid disturbing other patients, please do not bring in your TV, radio or portable DVD players. You will have access to TV and radio on the ward.
  • Unnecessary items
    You’ll have a small bedside cupboard for storing your belongings so please bring only essential items!