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What items should I bring with me?

You will need the following items during your stay with us:

  • Toiletries, towels, shaving kit or electric razor, wet wipes
  • Comfortable day wear - Patients are encouraged to dress in their usual clothes during the day. Those having radiotherapy should follow the advice on clothing found in our booklet called Radiotherapy, available from their nurse or radiographer.
  • Night wear, dressing gown and slippers
  • Books, magazine or letter writing material
  • Money for stamps, newspapers and sweets
  • Headphones for your bedside television
  • Any special items you use such as hearing aids, glasses or contact lenses, walking stick etc. Please let us know if you need to bring your own wheelchair.
  • Any medicines you need to take
  • Cordial, fruit, biscuits or other snacks
  • Pension book or other DSS benefits information (if you expect to be in hospital for longer than 6 weeks)
What I should not bring
When are visiting times?

Visiting hours are 2 - 5pm and 6 - 8pm. We operate 'protected mealtimes' where all clinical activity on the wards is reduced to a minimum at mealtimes to allow you to enjoy your meals without being interrupted. 

Children are welcome to visit but please remember to check with the Ward Sister first. We have a special room for children that are visiting. The Lions Den Family Room has been specially fitted out with furniture and fittings that are suitable for children. This gives patients and families the chance to spend time together with children away from the ward area. Please speak to your nurse for more information or to book the room for your family.

Some patients may be at risk of developing infection. Relatives and friends are asked not to visit if they have a cough, cold or sore throat. Please phone the ward if visitors have been in contact with an infectious disease such as chicken pox or measles.

What happens at mealtimes?
Is there somewhere my visitors can get something to eat and drink?
Is there a cashpoint?
Can my visitors bring flowers?
Can I smoke
Can I bring my mobile phone/tablet