What to bring

Photo showing a personal item a patient has brought with them.

Upon arrival, you will be shown to your own room with an en-suite wet room.  The room already contains a bed, chair, desk, bedside table and wardrobe. All bed-linen and towels are provided and there are extra blankets and duvets available if you are cold.  Laundry facilities are provided, with washing powder and fabric softener, so there is no need to bring your own.

A member of staff will take an inventory of your belongings shortly after arrival.  Valuables can be stored in the safe in the Nurses Office.  However, bringing in any valuables is at patients’ risk.  A maximum of £20 cash is permitted per patient, which will enable you to buy toiletries, magazines etc from the Hospital Shop.

See our Patient Information Guide for more.

Helping you settle in

Personal effects that you may like to bring in to make your stay at Cotswold House more comfortable might include:

  • Laptop and dongle (3 network is usually the best)
  • Blanket
  • Sleep mask
  • Toiletries
  • Flannels
  • Hairdryer
  • Slippers
  • Coat hangers
  • Laundry bag
  • Games
  • Photos
  • Journal
  • Distractions e.g. knitting, cross-stitch, puzzle books, reading books etc

All electrical items (including chargers) need to be PAT tested and we will pay for this.  However, we request that the number of items is limited to 5 or fewer.  We also request that photos, posters, etc are only displayed on the notice boards provided.  Mobile phones are permitted, but they are not to be used during group or at the dining table.

Please note that the Trust will not take responsibility for any items that are lost or broken

What’s not allowed

The following items are not permitted on the unit, and should not be brought with you:

  • Food and drinks (because we will be providing it)
  • Razors and nail scissors are permitted but will need to be stored safely
  • Mugs and drinking glasses (because we provide them)
  • Sweeteners
  • Chewing gum
  • Medication including pain relief, multi-vitamins etc. (because we provide everything you need)
  • Laxatives
  • Knives

Page last reviewed: 24 January, 2018