What to Bring

For your inpatient stay, bring the following items:

Documents and Information

  • Health card (OHIP card)
  • Information about private health insurance or other health benefits. If you have private health insurance or receive other health benefits, this may help to cover the cost of preferred accommodation if you request to stay in a semi-private or private room.
  • A copy of any advance directive (power of attorney or living will) you may have
  • Contact details for other health care providers who have been involved in your care (including your family doctor) to help us ensure continuity in your care
  • The names, addresses and telephone numbers of your family members, friends or other emergency contacts
  • The name, address, telephone and fax numbers of your community pharmacy

Medications and Medical Supplies/Assistive Devices

  • All your medications in their original bottles
  • Insulin pen and needles, if needed
  • A complete list of medications you are currently taking, including prescription medications, non-prescription medications, vitamin or mineral supplements and herbal remedies
  • Ostomy supplies (if applicable). Bring 1 week's worth of supplies, so we have time to order any supplies that you'll need during your stay
  • Any respiratory equipment that you use, such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machine with tubing(s) and mask(s); incentive spirometer; AeroChamber
  • Wheelchair, walker or other mobility aids that you already own and use, labelled with your name and phone number. You are not expected to get any mobility aids before you  arrive

Clothing and Personal Items

  • Loose, comfortable clothes to wear during the day that are easy to put on and appropriate for exercise, such as sweatshirts and sweatpants
  • Clothes to sleep in, such as a nightgown or pajamas and a robe
  • Socks and comfortable shoes with non-skid rubber soles, such as running shoes. If you have limited movement in your arms or hands, we recommend bringing shoes with Velcro straps
  • Slippers (rubber soles and closed backs are preferred)
  • Toiletries, such as a toothbrush, tissues or lip and skin moisturizer. Please do not bring any scented products
  • Electrical supplies such as a razor or blow dryer. Please show your nurse any electrical items you bring, as items need to be checked to make sure they can be used safely in the hospital
  • Hearing aids and batteries, dentures and eyeglasses, if you require them

If you forget to bring anything with you, a friend or family member can bring the items after you have been admitted.

You May Also Want to Bring

  • A cell phone and/or a phone card for local and long-distance calls.
  • Small personal items, such as books or magazines.
  • A personal device for music or entertainment, and headphones or earplugs so you do not disturb other patients. Free UHN guest wi-fi is available throughout the hospital.
  • A small amount of money for newspapers, coffee or other small purchases in the hospital.
  • Anything else that will make your stay more comfortable.
We do not take responsibility for your money or valuables. If you choose to bring them into the hospital, you are doing so at your own risk.
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