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Coming in to Hospital


Find us

Stepping Hill Hospital is located just off the A6, approximately 2 miles south of Stockport town centre.

Please find more information about public transport, parking and park and ride.  Our   Stepping Hill Hospital site map  shows where you need to go.

Coming in as an inpatient

We want your stay with us to be as comfortable as possible.

Things to bring with you may include: lightweight clothes for during the day, night wear; slippers; dressing gown; toiletries, including soap and shampoo; toothbrush; toothpaste/denture cleaner; newspapers; books, etc. Regrettably, a personal laundry service cannot be offered. You can explore a selection of our hospital services by viewing our virtual tours

We support the `Dressed is Best` initiative to help our patients get dressed and get moving, which aims to speed-up patients’ recovery and reduce the length of time people need to spend in hospital. You can find out more here.

 

Covid-19

During the current coronavirus pandemic, you will be asked to comply with current restrictions to help stop the spread of the infection, and to respect staff volunteers and colleagues on this matter. Please see our top ten tip leaflet below for help on stopping the spread of Covid-19.

 Covid-19 guidance for patients - top ten tips 

 

 

Medication

 

Please bring any medication you are on with you, and any information given to you by your GP. This will save time for both your admission and discharge. It will also avoiding delays in drug administration, which is especially important for Parkinson’s and epileptic patients.

Once the hospital doctor has assessed you, your information can be sent home with your family, or kept safely on the ward for you. On some wards, you may be given the choice of keeping, and taking your own medicines, as you do at home.

We will provide you with all the medicines you need while you are in hospital, dispose of any unwanted ones and ensure that you receive a week`s supply, at no charge, when you leave the hospital.

Guide to hospital staff 

On our wards you will see many different members of staff. If you are unsure who they are please ask them to introduce themselves. Most of our staff wear uniforms and all our staff wear a name badge.

The person in charge of your care and treatment is called a consultant, and he or she will have a group of doctors who work with them. While on the ward, a team of nursing staff, including both qualified (registered) nurses and health care assistants, directed by a ward manager, will help look after you throughout your stay.

We have produced a uniform quick reference guide to some of the common staff and nursing uniforms to help you identify those caring for you.

Electrical equipment

TVs and radio facilities are provided in the wards. Hairdryers are available on most wards on request.

Please don`t bring TVs, radios, or computers, as any mains powered electrical equipment must be checked by a hospital electrician before use. Mobile phones are not allowed in some areas of the hospital, as these may interfere with fire alarms and some medical equipment.

Valuables/money

Please do not keep large amounts of money, or valuables with you.

If you do have a large amount of money or valuables it is advisable to leave them with your relatives. If this is not possible, you should hand them to the ward staff for safekeeping. Your valuables will be placed in a red pouch with a numbered security seal and taken to the general office and locked in the hospital safe. They will be returned to you before your discharge, or on request if you wish. We will give you a receipt.

We cannot take responsibility for valuables or money not handed in for safekeeping during your stay in hospital.

Same sex accommodation

During your stay in hospital, every effort will be made to respect your privacy and dignity at all times. Most of our wards are single sex, that is, for men or women only. We do have a few wards which are mixed but in these, men and women are nursed in separate areas and have separate toilet and washing facilities.

Our emergency department (A&E) needs to accommodate men and women in the same area but this is usually for a very short period of time.

If you have any concerns about accommodation in relation to single sex accommodation provision, please speak to the nurse in charge of the area.

Better at Home patient question card

Inpatients should now be provided with a card on arrival, suggesting they ask three questions of medical and nursing staff each day about their return home.

 Better at Home patient question card 

Discharge and leaving hospital

For information on discharge and leaving hospital see our leaflet below.

 Your hospital discharge going home leaflet 

 

MRSA screening policy and information

MRSA screening policy, MRSA screening leaflet.

 

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