When you come to South London Healthcare NHS Trust for your stay, we hope it will be as comfortable and easy as possible.
When you arrive please report to Main Reception unless you are given alternative instructions in your admission letter.
The receptionist will check and update all your details and direct you to the appropriate ward or department.
We suggest you bring:
- Your letter of admissions
- Two sets of nightwear
- Contact numbers for close relatives
- Personal toiletries and towels
- A razor and shaving materials. (Not all wards have electrical shaver points)
- A small amount of money for purchases from the hospital shops and trolleys and for Patientline (TV access, radio, telephone, answer phone service, information channel)
- The name, address and telephone number of your general practitioner (GP)
You will have a small locker next to your bed for your personal possessions. Please remember that storage space is very limited. It would therefore be helpful if you did not bring with you any clothes that you will not need during your stay in hospital. Only bring with you one or two sets of day clothes.
Please do NOT bring in valuables, jewellery or large sums of money. We cannot accept liability for the loss of items that are not handed in for safekeeping.
If you have been taking any tablets or medication before your admission to hospital, either prescribed by your GP or bought from a community pharmacy, please bring them with you. Show them to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse when they come to see you on the ward. It is vital that we know exactly what medicines you have been taking from day one of your admission to ensure you receive the safest and best treatment.
Your medication will be kept with you at all times during your hospital stay. Each bedside locker is equipped with a lockable section for safe storage of your medication, which may only be accessed by your nurse or pharmacist. If you move wards during your hospital stay your medication will be moved with you into your new bedside locker. On discharge from the hospital the pharmacy will assess which medicines can be safely returned to you, taking into consideration any changes made during your hospital stay.
Occasionally the medication you bring into hospital may no longer be suitable for you. With your permission this medication will be returned to the hospital pharmacy for safe destruction.
Mobile phones can only be used in allocated areas. Please ask the Ward Manager for more informaion.
When you are discharged please ensure the following:
- That you have all your personal items and valuables
- Arrangements have been made for your journey home e.g. travel, clothes, house keys
- If arranging your own transport, please book for the morning if possible
- That you have any necessary medication
- That you have an outpatient appointment if necessary
- That you receive written and verbal instructions regarding your continuing care
- If necessary, that you have an appointment for removal of stitches.