Before you leave home

If you are coming into one of our hospitals as an inpatient you should recieve a letter from us advising you of your admission date.


If the agreed admission date is not convenient for you, it is important that you telephone the number on your admission letter as soon as possible so that we can rearrange your admission date. Sometimes emergency admissions take priority, which could mean that planned admissions have to be cancelled at short notice.

Special requirements

If you have any special requirements such as sight, hearing, mobility or dietary needs, please let us know as soon as possible, using the telephone number on your admission letter. You may require the services of an interpreter if English is not your first language; we are able to provide this via a telephone service. We can also arrange sign language interpreters.

What to bring

Please make sure bring with you:

  • Your appointment letter
  • Any medication you are taking including tablets, injections, drops, inhalers, skin creams and a copy of your GP repeat prescription request
  • The name, address and contact numbers of your next of kin
  • Any toiletries you need including soap, flannel and towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, hairbrush/comb
    Dressing gown and night clothes
  • Non-slip footwear or slippers
  • Your record card if you are taking steroids, any anti coagulation therapy or you have diabetes.


Space is limited in the bedside lockers so please do not bring more than you need. We would advise that you leave valuables at home and only bring a small amount of change to pay for newspapers etc. If you wish to keep cash or valuables with you, you will be asked to sign an indemnity form. Patients and visitors are reminded that the Trust cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to your personal belongings.

Plan your journey

Getting here

Visit our hospital pages for information about how to get here and where to park.