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What you will need while in the hospital

Some departments may require you to have personal items not included here. These departments can provide you with this information directly. For safety reasons, we restrict the use of privately owned electrical appliances. If you brought items such as hair dryers, curling irons, or electric shavers, they must be checked and safety certified by our Engineering Department before you use them. Please discuss this with your care team.

The hospital does not accept any responsibility for the loss or damage of personal items such as money, eyeglasses or dentures.

If you have been admitted to stay overnight, you should have the following:


Dentures and/or hearing aids if you require them.


Clothing (pajamas/nightgown, robe/ housecoat, slippers).


Updated home medications list.


Books/magazines, stationery, knitting, etc., or a favourite toy for young patients.


If you received patient education from your doctor or the hospital clinic, please bring it with you.

Personal hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, comb/brush, deodorant, shampoo and tissues.


Identification that clearly shows your name, address and date of birth, as well as your Ontario Health Card and any additional insurance cards.


If you are in hospital to deliver a baby, please have an outfit for your baby, diapers and a car seat with you in order to be discharged smoothly.


Please send your valuables home with a relative or friend. If you cannot do so, cash and valuables will be placed in a locked cabinet for safekeeping until you are discharged.

Niagara Health