Preparing to come to hospital

You should bring (or ask someone else to bring) your own:

  • clothes and toiletries
  • all your medications
  • day-to-day items that will make you comfortable, such as glasses, hearing aids, dentures and slippers
  • phone numbers of friends and family
  • things to do, such as books, puzzles, films or TV programmes downloaded onto your own device.

You may bring a mobile phone or other device and charger. However, the hospital cannot be responsible for these or any other valuable items (see Keeping valuables safe).

Bear in mind that you will have limited storage space.

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, call the number on your admission letter.

If you cannot attend

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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