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Your Inpatient Stay

Patient safety and experience are key priorities for us. 

This short patient safety video gives useful advice on how to prevent falls, blood clots and pressure ulcers during your inpatient stay with us. 

If you have any queries, please discuss these with the nursing team on admission. 



Your stay in Hospital

Admission date

Your admission letter tells you the date of your admission, the name of your ward and the consultant who will be taking care of you.

If you are unable to attend for your admission, for whatever reason, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can offer your appointment to another patient. You will find the contact telephone number on your admission letter.

Click here to find more ward Information.

Special Instructions?

Please check your admission letter to see if there are any special instructions you need to follow before your admission. For example, you may be asked not to eat or drink or take your medicines before you come to hospital. If you do not understand the instructions or you have questions then please call the ward. You will find the name or number of the ward you are being admitted to on your admission letter.

Morning of my Admission

On the morning of your admission please call the ward where you will be staying to check that a bed is available for you. The contact number is on your admission letter. It is usually late to mid afternoon before you will be admitted. Like any other hospital in the country, it is impossible to predict how many emergency admissions will come into hospital and this may sometimes mean that a bed is not available for you. We are sorry if this happens, a new date will be arranged for you as soon as possible.

Getting to the Hospital

Car parking, travel information, visiting times, numbers of visitors and facilities across the six sites do vary, so please do make use of the information for each hospital.

For all information on the hospital you are attending, please click the relevant link below :

What to bring into Hospital

Papers and Documents

  • Your appointment card or appointment letter
  • Proof of exemptions from payment of prescription charges

Clothing and Toiletries

  • Change of night wear
  • A dressing gown and slippers
  • Toiletries (flannels are discouraged due to infection control procedures)
  • Tissues
  • A change of indoor clothes (depends on length of stay - please mark each item with your name but be aware that the hospital cannot launder personal clothing, so please arrange for relatives or friends to take care of this) 

Money and Valuables

  • A small amount of money for newspapers, phone calls, and at Broomfield, for the Patient Line service if you would like to use it


  • Bring any medication that you are taking
  • Please make the nursing staff know of any allergies 

The hospital site does have a variety of shops that sell basic toiletries. Please visit the facilities page here.