What to pack and bring into hospital

Pack a small bag of clothes and other items (see check list below).

Please bring with you any medication that you are taking in the original containers. There is very limited storage space on the ward so please bring your belongings in a soft sided holdall in preference to a suitcase.

  • Your Knee Replacement Guidebook
  • Footwear: Slippers – not mules. Trainers/flat shoes, preferably slip on
  • Aids: Walking sticks or frame, crutches, dressing aid
  • Nightwear: Dressing gown, nightdress/pyjamas
  • Daywear: Loose fitting day clothes
  • Toiletries and towels. Tissues and wet wipes
  • Money: Small amount for newspapers, magazines. Please do not bring credit or debit cards with you
  • Books/magazines

Contact between patients and their relatives and friends

Visiting times are 10am to 9pm daily. These may be extended for compassionate reasons, or restricted if this is appropriate for the patient’s needs.

  • If your relatives have a problem visiting within these times, please ask one of the nurses who will make arrangements to suit both needs.
  • Please ask your relatives to show respect and consideration towards patients and staff whilst they are visiting.
  • You may become tired and need to rest. Please remember that other patients may wish to rest or sleep during visiting hours.
  • A patient should have no more than two visitors per bed at any time.
  • Visitors are reminded to use the hand gel provided on entry and exit to the ward to prevent cross infection.
  • Visitors must not sit on the patient’s bed at any time, please use the chairs provided and return them to the appropriate place.
  • Please nominate one family member to liaise with the ward for patient information as this releases the nurses to care for your relative more effectively.
  • Relatives can call the ward 01935 384322.
  • Mobile phones can be used on the ward. However, please respect other patients when using your phone. Mobile phones are brought into hospital at your own risk.
  • Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the hospital for patient use.
  • Due to the high volume of electrical devices no fresh cut flowers are to be brought onto the ward.