What to bring

Illustration of girl with backpack Whether you are coming in for an operation or a long appointment, it's important to think about what you need to bring.

Children might want to think about the sorts of things they'd pack if you were going on holiday because those are the sorts of things they will need.

Read the information below to find out the key things you'll need for stays at both of our hospitals.

What to bring to the Children's Hospital

When you're thinking about what to pack in your suitcase, think about the sorts of things you'd pack if you were going for a sleepover or on holiday, because you need to take the same sort of things.

You want the hospital to feel like home, so pack all your favourite books, DVDs, toys and photos of your family, friends and pets.

What to bring:

  • Your phone and its charger
  • Any medicines prescribed by your GP or hospital so we know what you have been taking
  • Things to keep you busy during the wait:
    • Portable games (eg. fidget spinners or card games)
    • A book or colouring book
    • Headphones to listen to your favourite music
  • Comfy clothes - don't just bring pyjamas as you may be want to visit the Play Centre or go to the shops
  • Your favourite cuddly toys
  • Your own blanket to make it feel a bit more homely
  • Some of your own snacks and fruit
  • Money to spend in the shop
  • Earplugs to help you sleep better
  • Your personal surgery gown
  • Spare pillow to make sure you get a good night's sleep


  • Ask the nurses questions if you’re unsure about anything
  • Ask staff if you are not sure about how to prepare for the procedure
  • Let staff know that you have other disabilities
  • Stay in touch with your friends on Facebook, Skype and Twitter
  • Focus on getting better


  • Don’t worry about school work as there are lots of people here who can help you with that. We even have our own school on site at the hospital.