What to bring to hospital

Prepare with this list of the essentials that you will need for your hospital stay, including information about your condition, current medication, ID, concessions, cards, and personal belongings.

Clinical information

  • doctors’ letters, reports, notes and consent forms
  • relevant x-rays and scans
  • medications repeats and authority scripts
  • an up-to-date list of your current medications, authorised by your GP or pharmacist.


Please bring all medication that you are taking currently. Make sure it is in the original labelled pharmacy container (including inhalers, patches, drops, injections and herbal/complimentary medicines).

Medication will not be dispensed from dosettes or Webster packs while in hospital.

Identification and insurance information

  • health fund card
  • DVA card for veterans, pharmaceutical safety net card, pensioner concession card
  • Medicare card
  • letter of authorisation for treatment from WorkSafe or TAC
  • the means to pay any out-of-pocket expenses. We accept cash, EFTPOS or credit card. Diners cards and cheques are not accepted.

Personal items

  • nightwear, dressing gown, slippers
  • toiletries
  • physical and mobility aids such as eyeglasses (with case), hearing aid (with case), denture cup and case, walking aids or splints.

We recommend that you label all of your personal items with your full name. Regularly used items, such as reading glasses, mobile phones, hearing aids, and dentures should be stored in a safe and designated area, like your bedside table.

Do not leave any personal items on your food tray or in your bed, as these may accidentally be removed with the food tray or disposed with the linen.

What to leave at home

Please do not bring to hospital more money than cost of your excess payment and other small incidentals. Leave at home valuables, jewellery or items of sentimental value – we cannot take responsibility for any valuables you bring to hospital.

Related links

Comfortable and well equipped – find out about the facilities in our rooms.

Get involved in your care and enjoy better health outcomes and a positive hospital experience. Read about patient involvement in care.

We reduce the risks of a hospital stay with hand hygiene, preventing falls and blood clots, medication safety. Read about keeping you safe in hospital.

Who pays for your hospital stay? Find out about accounts, health funds, concessions, medications and the cost of your hospital stay.