Before your stay
Find out what to expect when you arrive at hospital and what you may need to bring.
All patients must do a lateral flow test at home within 24 hours of their appointment and complete the Covid-19 checklist. This includes patients who:
- need to do a PCR test 3 days before their procedure or surgery date, as advised by their care team
- are fully vaccinated
If you are coming to stay in hospital either overnight or as a day patient, please bring with you:
- Your address and phone number
- Your admission letter and appointment card
- The name, address and phone number of your GP
- A list of any medication you are taking, including non-prescription medicines and inhalers
- Up-to-date details of your next of kin or emergency contact details
- Payment for any prescriptions, or an exemption card
- Toiletries if you are staying overnight
You may also want to bring:
- A toothbrush, toothpaste and soap, tissues
- A hairbrush or comb
- Any glasses, hearing aids or dentures that you wear
- Manual or cordless razor and shaving foam
- Contact phone numbers for your relatives, friends and carers
- Things to do, such as reading material, writing material, a personal music player, a mobile or tablet device if you have one (must be used with headphones)
Please don’t bring:
- Valuables or large sums of money
- Large items — you will only have a small bedside cupboard to store your belongings in
- An alarm clock — this may disturb other patients
We advise giving yourself plenty of time to get to hospital and to find where you need to go.
- You may be asked to use a particular car park and hospital entrance, so please check your clinic letter for details on where to go when you arrive.
- Find out about the different ways you can travel to each of our hospital sites
- Read more about hospital transport and whether you are eligible
- Do you need an interpreter?
If you need a foreign language interpreter or sign language interpreter, please contact us directly at least 48 hours before your admission on 020 3311 7697, or by emailing: email@example.com.
- Disabled access
Many of our buildings have disabled access and disabled accessible toilet facilities. Please view the maps/location information for each of our sites for more information. If you require a wheelchair, we will book for a porter to come and collect you when you arrive at our hospital reception.
- Learning disabled patients
We advise all patients with learning disabilities to bring a carer or friend with them to their pre-assessment appointment and on the day of their admission.
- Accessible information
If you need information, such as leaflets and advice in a different format e.g. brail or large text please email imperial.Accessible.Information@nhs.net
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