Preparing for your hospital stay


What to bring:

  • Your admission letter and contact details for your GP and next of kin
  • All medications you are taking
  • A little cash in case you want to use the bedside TV and phone
  • Proof of entitlement to free travel
  • Nightclothes, slippers and flat shoes
  • Loose, comfortable day clothes
  • Your glasses, contact lenses and hearing aid
  • Any mobility aids you use
  • Toiletries, including toothbrush and shampoo
  • Sanitary products
  • Blue Badge – if you have one
  • Books and magazines
  • Writing paper and pen

Do not bring:

  • Large amounts of cash, jewellery or other valuables
  • Alcohol
  • Food
  • Large bags or suitcases

Please remember to:

  • Cancel any regular deliveries and home help
  • Arrange for your pets to be cared for; speak to the RSPCA or the Cinnamon Trust
  • Tell family and friends where you are going
  • Remove nail polish and false nails

If you have any special needs, such as dietary requirements or washing or praying facilities, please call the number on your admission letter.

If you cannot attend

Please call the number on your admissions letter if you cannot be at Kingston Hospital on the date agreed. If you tell us within seven working days of getting the letter, we can rearrange your appointment and give your bed to someone else. If you do not contact us, it could affect your position on the waiting list.

Call us if you think you have been exposed to an infection in the three days before your admission date. You should also tell us if you have a cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhoea. Our admissions team will be able to tell you what to do. 



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