Coming into hospital

If you are coming into hospital as an inpatient, we want you to be as comfortable as possible.

Information and advice for patients coming into our hospitals can be found here:

We would encourage you to bring some items in with you and we have developed a checklist to help you pack these items for your stay.

As there is limited storage space, we ask that you or your carer pack the items in a small soft bag that will fit into your bedside locker. Do not worry if you can’t bring all of the items in with you, we can provide many of them for you and we will replace them if you do run out.

Below is some useful information for patients coming to our hospitals. 

Wearing a Surgical Hospital Face Mask While in our Hospitals

We are doing everything we can to protect our patients, visitors and staff against Covid-19. Maintaining your safety is a top priority to us while planning and providing your care and treatment. From June 2023, hospital surgical face masks are not compulsory in our hospitals for the majority of patients and visitors. Surgical face masks remain compulsory for anyone who is suspected of having, or confirmed as having, Covid- 19.

Please see more guidance on our current mask wearing policy for patients here: Surgical Face Mask Information for Patients [pdf] 678KB

See our information for visiting for patients and visitors page here:

You can also read more information on visitng and accompanying patients here: Visiting and Accompanying Patients in All Wards and Departments [pdf] 830KB

Electronic devices and mobile phones

If you bring your own mobile phone or other electronic device (e.g. tablet) into hospital with you, please speak to ward staff about arrangements for you to use your device and to safely charge it. Unfortunately, there will be restrictions in some settings where you will be unable to use your own device so that we can maintain patient safety. Do not plug your device charger in without staff permission.

We will be making a small number of iPhones available on wards for patients to use so please ask a member of ward staff about this if you do need access to a phone to keep in touch with your family and friends.

Patient Guide: iPhone For Use click below to download

Dropping off items

Relatives or friends cannot drop off items for you at the hospitals; again this decision has been made in our efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Please see the Keeping in touch section that details ways that you are able to maintain contact with your loved ones and friends during your hospital stay.