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Preparing for a hospital stay

Preparing for a hospital stay

When you visit the hospital you will come under one of the following areas –

  • outpatient who has an appointment to see a consultant but does not need a bed
  • a day patient - someone who needs a bed for surgery or tests, but will not be staying overnight
  • an inpatient - someone who needs a bed and is staying overnight

If your hospital stay is planned, you should receive an admission letter containing information such as –

  • the time and date of your appointment
  • where to go on the day
  • whether you can eat or drink before your appointment
  • contact details of the relevant hospital department or ward

As well as thinking about what you want to take with you for your stay in hospital, you should also think about arrangements you may need to make while you are in hospital. Here are some things you may need to think about -

  • make sure your home is safe – turn off electrical appliances, turn off water at the mains and turn your central heating down/off
  • secure your property – check that windows and doors are locked
  • valuables and keys should be placed with the people you trust like family, carers or close neighbors
  • arrange for someone you trust to look after you property such as collecting your mail , watering your plants, feeding your fish
  • cancel any deliveries, like milk or newspapers
  • if you have a pet, arrange for them to be looked after by someone close to you or arrange for them to be placed in kennels or catteries

if you have a relative, friend or carer, you may find it helpful to talk to them about what you need to do before, during or after your hospital stay

To make your stay as comfortable as possible, you should think about what you need while you are in hospital. The Hull and East Yorkshire website has some advice and guidance for people going into hospital on what they should and should not bring with them

Find out more advice and guidance when preparing for a hospital stay

Download the easy English guide to hospital stays here

The Royal Mail Keepsafe service

The Royal Mail’s Keepsafe service will hold your mail for up to two months and deliver it to your home when you are out of hospital.

For more information on charges contact Royal Mail on 03457 777 888 or speak to your local Post Office.

Access the Royal Mail keepsafe service here

The Cinnamon Trust

The Cinnamon Trust is a National charity that can look after your pet while you are in hospital if you are 60 or over or are in the later stages of a terminal illness (Palliative Care).

This service is free but is limited as the service is dependent on the availability and location of volunteers.

Access the Cinnamon Trust here

Alternatively you can contact them on 01736 757 900.

Last reviewed: 08/11/2017