What to bring

If you are being admitted for a planned procedure or operation you will have time to pack a small bag. We recommend that you include:

  • Letters from your doctor about your admission
  • Any medicine you are taking which could include the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy
  • Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush and other washing aids, including a towel and flannel
  • Shaving kit (battery operated shavers only please)
  • Dressing gown, slippers and nightwear
  • Comfortable day clothes
  • A small amount of money for papers, snack and drinks
  • Books, crosswords, puzzles or knitting
  • Any walking aids you use
  • Proof of entitlement to free travel costs, if appropriate.

You will have a small bedside locker to keep your belongings in, but we cannot accept responsibility for any loss of property while you are with us.


Please avoid bringing anything of value into hospital as you are responsible for your valuables while here. In urgent cases small items of jewellery and money can be locked away in the ward safe for a short time until you can make arrangements to send them home.

The Trust does not accept responsibility for cash or valuables which are not deposited with the hospital for safe keeping. You will be asked to sign a disclaimer if you choose to keep valuables with you.


All our hospitals and their surrounding grounds are smokefree. If you would like any help or advice about quitting you can call the NHS Stop Smoking Service on:

  • Brent 020 8795 6669

  • Harrow 020 8966 1008

  • Ealing 0800 876 6683

Mobile phones

Mobile phones can be used in public areas provided use is not causing a nuisance to others. They can also be used on the ward, at the discretion of the senior nurse matron or ward manager but we advise that the ring tone is on low or vebrate so as not to disturb other patients. However, due to fire regulations, phone chargers cannot be plugged in on the ward This also includes charging laptops and other electrical equipment.

Mobile phones are not permitted in the intensive treatment unit (ITU), coronary care or special care baby units.

Travel costs

If you are on a low income or benefits you may be entitled to reclaim your public transport costs to and from the hospital. Full details of how you can claim your expenses can be found here or call:

  • Ealing Hospital - 020 8967 5000
  • Northwick Park Hospital - 020 8869 2662 / 2147
  • St Mark’s Hospital - 020 8235 4003 / 4051
  • Central Middlesex Hospital - 020 8453 2146 / 2158