Before you come in to hospital you need to arrange a few things.

Here is a check list:

  • Someone who can bring things you might need, such as a change of clothes, as well as do your laundry
  • Someone who can let your friends and family know how you are
  • If you live on your own, someone to check your house and look after any pets
  • Accommodation for whanau or family who are going to stay while you are in hospital
  • Documents such as power of attorney or Advance Care Plan so everyone knows what your wishes are if you can’t communicate
  • Someone to take you home when you are discharge.

Remember to leave your valuables at home. We can’t accept responsibility for their security.  However, if this is unavoidable please ask the ward staff to lock away your items during your time in hospital.


What to pack: advice for whānau

  • Light fitting clothes for a couple of days and a bag for laundry. Arrange someone to do the laundry.
  • Good fitting shoes, sandals, or slippers to help avoid a fall.
  • Daily toiletries, moisturiser and lip balm to protect skin and lips. Glasses, hearing aids (and the case) with spare batteries.
  • Pack all medicines in a container and include health aids: CPAP, inhalers, walking aids. Yellow medicine card if current.
  • Keep jewellery and valuables at home (wedding ring or pounamu are okay). Small amount of cash only. The hospital does not accept responsibility for their security. Please ask ward staff to lock away items.
  • Cell phone and charger to stay in touch. Ear buds or headphones in consideration of other patients.
  • Reading material, iPad, tablet, laptop and charger.
  • Please be aware there is limited storage space around the bed.


Get up, get dressed, get active, return home

We encourage patients to get up and dressed.

Getting patients out of bed, dressed in their own clothes and walking helps them feel stronger, recover more quickly and less likely to fall.

Patients who stay in their pyjamas or hospital gowns for longer than they need lose fitness and muscle strength quickly, have a higher risk of infection, and ultimately stay in hospital longer.

Help your loved one feel better, more independent and mobile by bringing in a change of clothes, well-fitting walking shoes, sandals or slippers (which are easy to put on) and encourage them to get up, get dressed and, with support, back walking.


See the Managing an unexpected hospital stay pamphlet