What to bring to hospital


  • Comfortable day clothes

  • Night-dress or pyjamas and dressing gown

  • Slippers/shoes/jandals

  • 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.

Glasses, hearing aids and dentures

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.

Out of town transport

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.

More information

Children staying in hospital

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)

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