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 during Covid-19 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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click below to download information on looking after yourself at home with suspected Coronavirus symptoms
- NHS advice for everyone about Covid-19
- NHS 111 online
- NHS App (a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone, tablet or other electronic device)
Care and Treatment
- Understanding Treatments and Outcomes in Critical Care (also known as Intensive Care)
- Understanding ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) Forms
- What is a DNACPR (Do not attempt CPR – sometimes also called DNR) note?