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 toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush/comb, flannel, soap, shaver/razor, 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 bottom
  • Reading glasses
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Books/magazines/pens
  • Medication that you normally take

Second top-up bag

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

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