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What to bring

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Personal property

We cannot accept responsibility for your property unless it is handed over to a member of staff for safekeeping and an official signed receipt is obtained.  If you choose not to do this, you must sign a disclaimer form.  There is limited space on the ward for your belongings so please bring only what is essential, eg toiletries, night wear, dressing gown, indoor shoes and towels.

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.


If you are regularly using any medication, including tablets, inhalers or creams prescribed by your own GP 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 own 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 in 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

Please bring your letter of admission.