Staying in Hospital
Staying in hospital can be a daunting experience but if you prepare for your visit in advance you will be much more comfortable.
If you are going into hospital for an operation, for 5 days prior to going into hospital for surgery it is advisable to wash with an anti-microbial wash to reduce the risk of infection. Click here for more information.
Checklist – to make your stay more comfortable.
Appointment letter. If you need to fast (not eat) check your hospital arrival time and the last time you are allowed to eat and drink.
Pyjama’s bottoms teamed with a buttoned long nightshirt
Surgical Drain bag
Earplugs – it can get noisy on the ward
Phone and charger
Book / magazines / colouring book / colouring pencils
Soft loose clothing to come home in
Glasses / contact lenses
Underwear – bra’s, cotton pants (or you may end up with hospital ones!) , socks
Small amount cash /credit / debit card
Anything else you have specifically been asked to bring by the hospital
The night before your hospital visit
- Remove any bracelets / rings / earings / other jewellery.
- Leave jewellery, watches and valuables at home
- Remove nail varnish on toes and hands
- Shower / wash hair with anti-microbial shower gel.