What to bring

What to bring to make your stay as comfortable as possible

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Where possible, please label clearly:

  • Nightwear and dressing gown
  • Casual clothing / track suit
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Tissues
  • Brush and comb
  • Shaving gear
  • Slippers
  • Phone card
  • Containers or cases for glasses, hearing aids or dentures
  • Walking stick or frame
  • Books
  • Writing materials
  • Small hobby work (optional)

You may use your own pillow and bed linen if you wish (please make it easily identifiable).

Valuables and Personal Belongings In Hospital

Te Whatu Ora Lakes does not accept responsibility in the event of loss or theft of any personal property retained by you.

We encourage you not to keep any valuable jewellery, or large sums of money with you. However you may need a phone card or coins if you wish to make telephone calls or purchase newspapers.


If you are taking any medications (pills, medicines or herbal remedies) please bring them with you and hand them to the nursing staff who will record what you are taking.

For those patients who are taking rongoa Maori, please advise your nurse or a member of the Maori health team, as some rongoa may affect prescribed medication.

If there are details of any treatment you need or allergies that you have please tell us.

The doctor will need to review your medication and any changes will be discussed with you.

We recommend you dispose of any pills/medicines that have been stopped. Your nurse or midwife can help you with this.


We urge you not to:
- wrap your dentures in tissues
- slip them under or into your pillow
- leave them on meal trays or loose on locker tops

We would prefer that you bring your own cleaning/storage container with you. In am emergency or if you forget, please ask staff for a plastic denture container.

Every care is taken but Te Whatu Ora Lakes cannot accept responsibility for lost or broken dentures.

Spectacles and Hearing Aids

We encourage you to bring the case for these items, to ensure their safety when you are not wearing them.