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University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Inpatient information

Before coming to hospital

Click here for information about having an elective prodecure during Covid-19.

We regret we are unable to provide Covid-19 vaccinations to inpatients – please contact your GP

Before you come into hospital you may want to:

  • Cancel milk or newspaper deliveries
  • make sure your pets are looked after
  • ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your property
  • arrange how you will get to hospital
  • organise any financial arrangements such as paying bills.

When you come into hospital you will need to bring a few things with you:

  • your admission letter
  • comfortable day clothing
  • nightwear, dressing gown and slippers
  • toiletries
  • any hearing aids, contact lenses, or glasses you use
  • dentures (which may be removed during procedures)
  • money for the telephone or refreshments
  • names, addresses and telephone numbers of friends and relatives
  • books and magazines
  • all your medicines including tablets, capsules, liquids, eye drops, inhalers and creams. If possible, please bring a list of your medicines or your repeat prescription.

If you are coming in for an operation you will also need to remove any acrylic nails you have.

Please do not bring the following items into hospital:

  • electrical appliances
  • sharp objects
  • cigarettes or alcohol
  • valuables (we are unable to ensure their safety)

The hospital is a non-smoking site. If you are a smoker and are worried about not being able to smoke during your stay you should speak to your consultant or GP.

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