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Staying in Hospital

Staying in hospital

If you stay in hospital for one night or more for tests, medical treatment or surgery, you are treated as an inpatient. You will be involved in all decisions regarding your treatment throughout your stay in hospital.

We know that people are sometimes anxious about coming to hospital – this section hopes to make you feel more at ease about your stay and give you a better understanding of what to expect.

What to bring

When getting ready to come into hospital, you might find the following list helpful when you are packing your bag.  It’s also a good idea to check your admissions letter to make sure you have included any additional items not listed here that you’ve been asked to bring in:

  • Night clothes
  • Dressing gown and slippers
  • Casual clothes or leisure wear – depending on your length of stay
  • Towel
  • Personal toiletries – including any shaving materials
  • Dentures and a pot and cleaner, if you need them
  • Books, magazines or things to do which will help you pass the time
  • Reading glasses if you need them
  • Some money to buy things such as newspapers from the hospital trolley/shops may also be useful.

Please don’t bring large amounts of jewellery or money, any electrical items that need a mains supply or your mobile phone.

We will provide you with a small bedside locker for your clothes and other belongings but we cannot accept responsibility for any items lost during your stay.

Please remember to also bring with you any tablets or medicines that you are already taking at home.

If you are expecting to be in hospital for a while and normally receive a pension, benefit or allowance please contact your benefits office to let them know about your stay.

On the day

On the day that you are due to come in to hospital please check your admissions letter for the time you need to come into hospital.

If you get a cough or cold and are not sure whether you should come in, phone the number on your admissions letter for advice.

On arrival, you will be given more information about the people and procedures involved in your care.  Please let the nurse know if you have any special requirements such as a disability, sight or hearing impairment, speech impairment or cultural needs.

All patients are given a wrist band which must be worn at all times as it has important information about you for staff. Please inform a member of staff if you lose or damage your wrist band.

Before your treatment starts, your doctor or consultant will come and see you to check how you are and to discuss your treatment in more detail.  If you have any more questions or concerns at this point, speak to your doctor or consultant so that they can help.  You may be asked to sign a consent form if you are due to undergo a procedure which requires an anaesthetic or may have significant side effects or complications to confirm you have understood the details given to you by the doctor or consultant and that you consent to them treating you.

A relative or friend can come with you and can stay with you while you are admitted. If you are a day patient and are having any form of sedation, we recommend that you arrange for someone to take you home.

During your stay
We hope your stay with us will be as comfortable as possible. We will do everything we can to ensure that you have everything you need.  
Patient meals

For patients staying overnight and longer, we provide a wide range of catering services to suit your needs.  Our menus have been designed to offer a selection of nutritional meals which cater for all dietary needs.  If you have a special dietary requirement you should let the nursing staff know.

Mealtimes on the wards are protected which means all non-urgent clinical tasks stop for a period of time so that patients can eat their meals in peace, with support if they need it, without being interrupted.

Essentially meals are served between the following times:

  • 7am to 8:30am
  • 12:15pm to 1:30pm
  • 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Medicine rounds

Medicine rounds commence at approximately:

  • 8am
  • 12 noon
  • 2pm
  • 6pm
  • 10pm
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