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Preparing for your hospital stay

Before you leave home, please check that you have packed:  

  • your admission letter and any other information we have sent to you
  • all medications you are taking or using, including prescription medications, medicines you have bought or alternative medicines, such as herbal remedies
  • small amounts of money in case you want to buy a newspaper or use the bedside television and telephone
  • the name, address, postcode and telephone number of your GP, community social worker (if you have one) and your next of kin
  • proof of entitlement to free travel costs, if appropriate
  • nightclothes, a dressing gown, non-slip slippers (not flip flops) and a pair of comfortable flat shoes
  • day clothes – a tracksuit or other looser, comfortable clothes
  • your glasses and/or contact lenses
  • your hearing aid if you use one
  • any mobility aids you use, such as a walking stick or walking frame
  • a hair brush or comb
  • shaving equipment
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • flannel, soap and a towel
  • shampoo
  • sanitary products (such as tampons or sanitary towels)
  • other toiletries
  • Items of religious importance to you
  • Blue Badge (if you have one).

You might also want to bring:  

  • books and magazines
  •  writing paper, pens and your address book.

 Please do not bring:  

  • large amounts of money, jewellery or other valuables
  • alcohol or food
  • large bags or suitcases because storage space is limited

Don’t forget to:

  • cancel any deliveries at home, such as newspapers or milk;
  • cancel any home help you may have;
  • arrange for pets to be cared for.   The RSPCA advises that the first port of call should be a trustworthy family member, friend or neighbour who knows your pet. You could also consider contacting your local cattery or kennels.  Your local RSPCA branch may also be able to help. Various local authorities also provide assistance for people and their pets. There is also a specialist organisation called The Cinnamon Trust which assists elderly people who are hospitalised or terminally ill and could help to look after a pet;
  • tell your family and friends you are coming into hospital.
  • remove any nail polish and false nails.
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