Find out how we can help you keep in touch with loved ones during your stay in hospital.


Keeping in touch

We have introduced several initiatives to help you keep in touch with family and friends during your stay in hospital. Ask your care team for support with any of the options below.

Patient care packages

A selection of food, drink and home comforts are available for you or your friends and relatives to buy online and send to you. A range of packages are available at a range of price points to help make your stay in hospital more comfortable. Visit the Help NHS Heroes website to find out how to place an order.

Personal items drop off for inpatients

We have made arrangements for your families and friends to drop off personal items to help make your stay in hospital more comfortable. Items or packages should be clearly labelled with your name and ward and can be dropped off at the following times:

  • Monday through Wednesday, 11.00 to 13.00
  • Thursday through Saturday, 14.00 to 16.00 

There are three drop-off points across our three main hospital sites, as follows:

  • Charing Cross Hospital at Costa Coffee’s external seating area in the main entrance lobby on the ground floor
  • Hammersmith Hospital in the lobby of the main entrance on Du Cane Road
  • St Mary’s Hospital in the reception area of the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother (QEQM) building

Letters from family and friends

Our patient experience team is accepting messages for patients. Your friends and family are welcome to email letters to – they should clearly label emails with your name and ward. The patient experience team will print letters and deliver them to you.

Tablet devices

Wards have a limited number of electronic tablet devices to enable you to make video and voice calls to family and friends using an app. The device has additional apps providing information you may find useful, news, web browsing, social media access, streaming and games. We are also providing free premium Wifi. This initiative is funded by Imperial Health Charity.