Preparing to come to hospital
Do I need to go to hospital?
You will need to come to hospital if you have been given an appointment by the hospital (usually arranged by your GP) and received a letter from us about your visit, or, you will be suffering from a life-threatening injury or illness and will need to come directly to A&E or dial 999.
If you are unsure whether you should come to hospital or not please read the “choose well” leaflet.
What will the hospital need to know in advance?
- If you require any special assistance at your appointment.
- If you need an interpreter to attend your appointment with you.
- If you require your letters in a different format, such as large font, easy read or a different language.
- If you require transport for your appointment.
Which hospital should I go to?
If you are planning to come into hospital you should have received an appointment letter which will tell you where to go and the time you are expected. Be aware that some of our services run from several sites so it is important to check which hospital you are attending before you leave.
Take a look at our A-Z list of services and where they are based.
What should I bring with me (outpatients)?
- Your appointment letter. This contains specific instructions about your appointment. Please read this carefully and bring it along when you come to see us.
- Any letters for the Consultant from your GP, District Nurse, Physiotherapist or other health worker.
- Money for prescriptions, refreshments, etc. If you are exempt from prescription charges, or have a prepayment certificate, please bring proof with you.
- If you are diabetic, please bring a snack.
- A list of any questions to ask.
- A list of your current medication.
If you would like to, please bring along a relative or friend who can be with you when you see the doctor.
What should I bring with me (inpatients)?
- Your admission letter. This contains specific instructions about your admission. Please read this carefully and bring it along when you come to see us.
- Proof of entitlement to free travel costs (if applicable)
- All your current medication in their original containers
- Day clothes and shoes
- Nightwear, dressing gown and slippers
- Toothbrush and paste
- Hairbrush and comb
- Soap and shampoo
- Shaving kit
- Glasses/contact lenses (if applicable)
- A small amount of money for refreshments, newspapers
- Any mobility aids you use, such as a walking stick or frame
Please only bring in items which you really need as space is very limited.
Please mark personal property with your name, where possible, so that it can be easily identified.
Please note that there is no personal hotel-style laundrette service available in the hospital.
We strongly advise you not to bring in any valuables, large amounts of money or jewellery. The Trust accepts no liability for any loss, damage or theft of any property belonging to a patient, except where the property has been deposited with the Trust for safekeeping. It is your responsibility before leaving the hospital to ensure that all property deposited for safekeeping is returned in a good condition.