Patients & Visitors
Comfortable day clothes
Night-dress or pyjamas and dressing gown
Toiletry items, such as toothbrush, toothpaste etc
No more than $20 should be kept with you
You may wish to bring items such as a mobile phone, phone card and book. You can also bring your own pillow and pillow case. We recommend personal items be named. If necessary, valuables or money may be kept in a locked cupboard in the ward or deposited in the hospital safe. Canterbury DHB does NOT accept any responsibility for the loss of any personal item.
You are encouraged (or your caregivers) to bring your medicines with you on admission - especially if it is an acute admission. This is to assist the medical staff with providing the best care and treatment.
The medications will not be used when you are an in-patient except as a temporary measure until a supply can be obtained. Your own medications will then be stored in a dedicated area on the ward. (This does not apply if patients are self-medicating with medications supplied from the hospital pharmacy).
If you have any queries, please discuss these with your nurse, doctor or the ward pharmacist.
Bring the cases for your glasses and hearing aid so they can be put away safely when you are not wearing them. If you wear dentures, please bring your cleaning container with you.
If you have been referred to hospital from another health district outside the Canterbury area, the Health Funding Authority (HFA) may pay all your travel expenses to and from Christchurch.
Please discuss this with the Nurse in Charge before you are discharged. You may also be eligible for travel and/or accommodation depending on the distance from home to the hospital.
See Patient Travel Assistance for more information.
You can find specific information about children staying at hospital on our Child Health pages Preparing for a stay in hospital and What to expect when you arrive at hospital (see our videos)
All Canterbury District Health Board facilities are smokefree.
Smoking cessation advice is available from a number of trained staff in many areas, and who are able to assist you to become smoke free.
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