Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Your inpatient stay

Last updated: 25 October 2019

If you need to stay in hospital for treatment below is some information you may find useful to prepare for your stay.

What do I need to bring?

Space on our wards is limited so we ask that any belongings are bought in a small holdall

Any medicines you are currently taking including any over the counter or herbal medicine products

Your copy of the Hospital Passport or This Is Me booklet Glasses, hearing aids and any other communication aid you may need. Walking stick, zimmer frames or any other walking aid you may need. Any toiletries you may need which can include sanitary and continence products

You may bring a flannel and towel. False teeth should be bought in a labelled container Comfortable clothing to wear during the day, good fitting non-slip shoes or closed in non-slip slippers.

Nightwear and dressing gown for wearing at night Magazines and books, mobile phone, a music player and a small amount of change for newspapers or items from the trolley.

Please be aware the hospital cannot accept responsibility for the loss of any valuable property not given to staff for safe keeping

Will I be looked after in a mixed- sex ward?

We understand how important your privacy is, and our priority is to ensure that you are cared for in single-sex facilities. The majority of the wards in our hospitals are mixed wards with single sex bays. There may be some cases, particularly in emergencies, where we can’t provide single-sex accommodation. This is most likely to happen if you need to be looked after in an emergency or intensive care ward, or a high dependency or observation unit.

Will I come into contact with students?

Student doctors, or other clinical staff in training, are sometimes present in our clinics and departments. You may be asked to discuss your condition with students and allow them to examine you. You may also be asked to take part in research. If you do not feel happy about this, please tell a member of staff. You have the right to refuse.

 

 
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