You will need the following items during your stay with us:
Flat shoes or runners.
Swimwear (for hydrotherapy pool).
Any dressing aids normally used.
Usual nightwear and toiletries (for inpatients).
Mobility aids e.g. crutches, sticks, wheelchairs, etc.
We cannot take any responsibility for personal items retained by you throughout your stay. We strongly advise you not to bring any valuables, e.g. jewellery or large amounts of cash. Safe boxes are not available on the wards. If you are an inpatient, please leave your valuables in the care of relatives or friends. In exceptional circumstances, the Hospice authorities will take care of valuables, provided they are listed and handed to the manager for safe keeping.
If you are taking any tablets or other medicines, including eye drops, inhalers, patches, gel for pain and supplements, it is very important that you bring these with you on the day of your admission. This will allow the doctor and pharmacist to review your medicines and know exactly what medicine(s) you are taking.
Ensure that you have a supply of medicine in case the pharmacy does not have a particular item in stock.
If you are an inpatient, these medicines must be given to the nurse admitting you, and they will be returned to you for your weekend leave and when you are discharged. No additional medication will be supplied on discharge. You will be given a new prescription, which you can take to your GP or local pharmacy.
The use of mobile phones is restricted during all therapy sessions. In consideration of other patients, we request restricted use after 10.30pm. Mobile top-ups are available at the Main Reception desk.
CCTV cameras monitor the hospice both internally and externally 24hrs a day. Any security incidents, including items lost or found, should be reported to the Security Office in the Palliative Care entrance hall.
As part of the rehabilitation programme, we require patients to go home at weekends up to discharge time. You will be expected to make your own arrangements to go home. The unit closes on Fridays at 5pm and reopens on Monday at 8am.
Unless stated by the nurses or your therapists, you may return to the ward at a later time, approximately 10am.