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Before You Arrive at Hospital

This information is designed to help you plan and prepare for your inpatient stay.

Please read your admission letter carefully as it gives details of whom to contact to confirm that there is a hospital bed available for you. It also tells you where to go when you arrive at the hospital. Please bring your admission letter with you, with the form on the reverse completed.

We may ask you to attend the hospital a few days before your admission to help plan and prepare for your stay in hospital.

What should I do about other appointments or visits?
Please inform the hospital on 0800 136 710 immediately if you have any outpatient appointments booked during your stay in hospital, and cancel any home visits you may have planned with community nurses, social care workers or your GP. These appointments can be rearranged for when you return home.

What if I need an interpreter?
If your first language is not English and you have difficulty in understanding or speaking English, we can arrange an interpreter service (including sign language interpreter) to help you to communicate while you are in hospital. Please ask someone, a carer, friend or relative, to contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0800 328 7624 to arrange an interpreter.

What help is available for people with disabilities?
The hospital aims to provide good access facilities for people with disabilities. To find out what is available and to make necessary arrangements, contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0800 328 7624.

What should I bring with me?
Storage space on the wards is very limited so please only bring essential items. This helps us keep the ward clean and tidy. Use the inpatient checklist to help decide what you need to bring. Please note we advise you to bring only the minimum amount of money and valuables with you. Jewellery should be left at home, including rings and watches, whenever possible. Although, a bedside cabinet is provided this cannot be locked, so you should not leave money or valuable items in it.

How do I get to Ipswich Hospital?
Please see our section on Finding Your Way for up-to-date information about coming to Ipswich Hospital.