Going to hospital for surgery

In the first couple of days, you will be wearing a hospital gown. But after this, you will need night clothes, then loose-fitting normal clothes once you are able to move independently.

It is recommended that you only take the essentials when you are first admitted, then get a friend or relative to bring in a second ‘top-up’ bag after a few days.

Some suggestions for what to pack

Initial bag for first few days

  • Basic wash bag to include a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush/comb, flannel, soap, shaver/razor, and lip salve (lips are often dry after surgery).
  • Loose-fitting slippers (your feet can swell after an operation) with grips on the bottom or thick socks with grips on the bottom.
  • Reading glasses.
  • Mobile phone and charger.
  • Books/magazines/pens.
  • Medication that you normally take.
  • Antibacterial hand gel or wipes.
  • Sanitary towels or tampons (if appropriate).

Second top-up bag

  • Extended wash bag to include shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, and make-up (if appropriate).
  • Night clothes, dressing gown, loose-fitting day clothes.
  • Clean underwear.
  • Small hand towel.
  • Fruit squashes and small snacks such as biscuits, chocolate, sweets, non-refrigerated desserts (jellies, rice puddings).
  • Small amount of money for newspapers/snacks.
  • Address book and/or important phone numbers.

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Information Product № PCA0012 v.1 pgs 20 -21 Published 19/03/2024
Last Updated 21/03/2024 Next Review Due 21/03/2027