Items to bring with you
If you are coming to stay as an inpatient please bring with you:
- Light day clothes
- Night wear
- Dressing gown
- Hairbrush / comb
- Toothbrush and toothpaste, or dentures, denture cleaner and denture holder
- Towels (hand and bath)
- Shaving equipment
- Other items
- Walking aid
- Glasses and glasses case
- Hearing aid and batteries
- Hand held record book
- Medication details (including anti-coagulant book)
- Supply of your usual medicine
Please do not bring large sums of money or valuables into the hospital with you. You will only need a small amount of change for newspapers etc.
Please bring only essential electrical items with you during your stay. No item of electrical equipment can be used in the hospital without first being tested by qualified electrical contractors. A member of staff will arrange to have your electrical items tested.
What will happen when you arrive at The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
Please go to the main reception desk on the ground floor. You will then be directed to your ward. During admission please tell the staff if you:
- Are taking any medicines, including any herbal medication or supplements
- Need somebody to deal with your pensions or benefits
- Need a medical certificate
- Have any special dietary requirements or food allergies
- Have any special communication requirements (e.g. difficulty hearing, or needing an interpreter)
This is also a good opportunity to tell the nurse about any worries or concerns you may have about your stay or treatment.
Please bring any medication (including anti-coagulant) with you to hospital.
Medicines you may be given during your stay include:
Pain relief is used to help patients feel more comfortable. Pain relief is given into veins in measured doses by pumps. These are often used with sedatives.
Sedatives are used to keep a patient in a deep sleep or, in smaller doses, to keep a conscious patient calm. This can help patients cope with the tubes and equipment attached to them. These are also given through pumps.
Inotropes - drugs to help the heart work more effectively
To deal with the effects of the heart not functioning properly, we use a group of drugs called inotropes to help the heart work more effectively.
We take infection control very seriously and constantly work to control the risk of infection to patients, visitors and staff. The CTC has been designed with this in mind, cleaning standards are closely monitored and all of our staff are specially trained.
Hand hygiene is an important way of reducing the risk of infection. There are sinks and alcohol hand gel close to the end of every patient bed to encourage good hand hygiene. All patients will be screened for MRSA at their pre-admission assessment.
How long will I need to stay?
This will depend on the operation/procedure or treatment that you are having. It will also depend on your general health. Your consultant will be able to give you a clearer idea.