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Information for Inpatients

Information for Inpatients

On the morning of your admission please follow the instructions given with your admission letter.

If you are being admitted to the Surgical Admissions Lounge, you do not need to telephone first to check bed availability.

If you are being admitted directly to a ward please telephone the hospital switchboard, approximately two hours before your admission time, on 01823 333444 and ask the operator to bleep the clinical site team so that your ward and bed can be confirmed.

If you live alone, make sure you have cancelled all daily deliveries, turned off any unwanted heating and left your home secure and locked. Remember also to arrange for your pets to be looked after whilst you are in hospital.

What to do when you arrive

When you arrive as an inpatient you should go straight to your ward, unless you have been given other instructions by the bed bureau when you telephoned to check bed availability.

What to bring with you  

  • Nightdress/pyjamas (plus a spare) 
  • Bed jacket or cardigan 
  • Dressing gown 
  • Slippers 
  • Old pair of shoes/slippers if you are having foot surgery which can be cut to fit 
  • Flannel and soap 
  • Toothbrush and paste 
  • Hairbrush and comb 
  • Disposable handkerchiefs 
  • Shaving kit (wet or electric) 
  • Sanitary towels/tampons (if appropriate) 
  • A small amount of money for newspapers etc from hospital shop and trolley 
  • Writing paper, envelopes, postage stamps 
  • Coins for the telephone 
  • National Insurance number (if known) 
  • Address of local benefits agency office 
  • Name, address and telephone number of next of kin or nearest friend 
  • Prescribed medicines - please remember to bring any prescribed medicines you are currently taking.

If you live alone, before coming to hospital please check you have:

  • Cancelled all daily deliveries
  • Turned off any unwanted heating
  • Left your home secure and locked
  • Arranged for any pets you have to be looked after whilst you are in hospital

The pill or hormone treatment  

Female patients may be asked to stop taking the contraceptive pill or hormone treatment before they are admitted to hospital. If you are taking either of these and are unsure what to do, please contact the ward before you come in.

Reducing the risk of a blood clot

Please talk to a member of your healthcare team about any queries you have on reducing the risk of a blood clot or the tests and treatments involved in detail. Reducing the Risk of a Blood Clot (Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism)

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