What to bring to hospital

Items that will make your stay more comfortable

It may be useful to bring in the following items for your stay in hospital. If you were admitted as an emergency patient you may wish to ask a friend or relative to bring these items in for you.

  • Loose, easy to remove night clothes and dressing gown (with your name on the label)
  • Underwear
  • Slippers (non slip soles)
  • Soft drinks
  • Shaving kit
  • Towels
  • Tissues and moist wipes
  • Personal toiletries (soap, toothbrush, comb, hairbrush)
  • Day clothes and shoes where appropriate
  • Any walking aids or splints/appliances you use
  • Reading glasses
  • Hearing aid and storage box
  • Denture storage box
  • Medication you are currently taking or recently stopped (in their original boxes). Medications include creams, eye drops, inhalers and medicines you have bought including herbal remedies. Also bring your Steroid card and Warfarin booklet if you are taking these. Please note that it may not be possible to use your “dose” box that you use at home.
  • Contact names and numbers for 2 people such as relatives or close friends
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Radio earpieces and headphones
  • Prescription exemption certificates (only if you are having a day case procedure)
  • Let us know of any equipment you use at home to help you as it may be that this can be also used in hospital
  • You may like to consider bringing earplugs to help in getting to sleep as unfamiliar sounds and environments can disturb your sleep

Please click here for a printable version of the checklist.