- Visiting is currently by booking only – follow the link via ‘Welcome Back Visitors’ on the home page.
What do I need to bring?
On behalf of the team who will be caring for you we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Russells Hall Hospital. We aim to make your stay as short and as comfortable as possible.
If you are regularly using medication including tablets, inhalers or creams prescribed by your own doctor or medication you buy from your local pharmacy or health food shop or if you have a special card with details of any treatment, please bring them with you during your hospital stay.
On many wards there are now safe drug storage lockers by your bed where we will store your medication during your stay. We will remove any old or unwanted medication and add any newly prescribed medication to your locker while you are in hospital.
This all helps to make sure you receive the best care. If you are unable or not willing to bring in your own medication please bring an up-to-date list of all your regular medication so we can ensure the drug chart at the end of your bed is correct. Bringing your own medication into hospital is very helpful and can reduce the time you wait for your tablets prior to discharge.
Address and telephone number of next of kin
Please bring a note of the name, address and telephone number of your next of kin or closest friend.
Your letter of admission
You will have received this through the post. Please ensure that you call the ward on the day before admission to confirm that a bed is available.
Please bring with you the following items, as appropriate:
- Personal toiletries
- Dressing gown
- Well fitted slippers/footwear
- Indoor clothes – if preferred
- Spectacles, hearing/walking aids etc
Single Assessment Folders (SAP)
If you are receiving care and treatment from community and social care staff you may have a Single Assessment Folder (SAP). If so, please bring this to hospital with you.
What NOT to bring with you
Please don’t bring the following into hospital with you:
- Alcohol Tobacco or tobacco products
- Outdoor clothing
- TV and Radio
- Money and valuables
Infection Control Champion – Sister Claire Woodhouse
In the past 18 months, the ward has had:
- MRSA (hospital acquired) – 0 incidents
- C Diff – 0 incidents
The ward has a controlled access for security reasons so please use the intercom system and when a staff member answers, please speak into the loudspeaker. It is important that you use this system to gain entry and do not enter unannounced if, for instance, the door is open due to someone else leaving. When you and your visitors leave the ward, it is also important that you do not allow entry to others at the same time.