Preparing for a hospital stay

If you are coming into hospital for a planned operation or treatment, your consultant or nurse will have advised you about any specific preparations you will need to make before you arrive, such as fasting or shaving.

It is important that you bring with you any medication you are taking for any condition.

Please also bring with you :

  • Nightdress or pyjamas
  • Walking or dressing aid (if appropriate)
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers or non-slip shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Denture cleaner/bowl (if appropriate)
  • Books or magazines

Please do not bring valuable items or large sums of money.  You may wish to bring some cash to buy items from the shops or cafes, or for the bedside television and phone facility.

Rest and sleep are very important in supporting recovery and providing a positive experience during your hospital stay.  Please be considerate of other patients’ needs by keeping noise and light to a minimum during rest times, and at night. You may find your rest and sleep time is enhanced by bringing in an eye mask and ear-plugs to use during your stay.

Smoking

We strongly advise that you do not smoke whilst attending hospital. Stopping smoking reduces the risk of a number of complications. A range of products to help with nicotine withdrawal are available and should be offered to you at the time of admission. You will also be offered a referral to the Stop Smoking Service if you wish to stop smoking altogether. People who attend the Stop Smoking Service are four times more likely to quit smoking successfully.

 

E-cigarettes

We do not permit the use of e-cigarettes anywhere on our hospital sites.  We can prescribe evidence based products to help with any withdrawal from nicotine, and are able to refer to the local Stop Smoking Service if you wish to stop smoking altogether. People who attend the Stop Smoking Service are four times more likely to quit smoking successfully.

E-cigarettes are not regulated products and are not endorsed by the NHS.