What to bring to hospital

The following lists help you pack what you need when your child is admitted to hospital. Here's what to bring for yourself and your child. 

Storage space on the wards is limited so please do not bring too much with you. Please leave valuables at home as the hospital cannot accept responsibility for any lost belongings.

Medical documents

  • your child’s personal health record e.g. blue book or red book and immunisation record 
  • Medicare card
  • private health insurance details or evidence of current fund membership
  • list of medications or treatments your child is currently receiving, show staff if possible - they may need to be stopped before surgery 
  • equipment your child needs to aid mobility, feeding or communication
  • your family doctor’s name, address and phone number
  • relevant X-rays and results from pathology tests if related to their admission. 


Parent/carer list

  • clothes (including pyjamas and slippers) and shoes
  • your toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, hairbrush and other toiletries, including feminine hygiene products.
  • money for your meals, parking and accommodation
  • mobile phone charger or change for phones
  • tablet and/or laptop 
  • books, magazines etc
  • comfortable clothes, including a jacket or jumper (even if it’s summer)
  • you might like to bring your favourite pillowcase or blanket to make you feel at home
  • a cup or drink bottle to drink from while you are here


Patient/child list

  • pyjamas
  • slippers
  • casual clothes and shoes (for children who are up and about)
  • sunscreen, hat and sunglasses (for when your child is able to go outside) 
  • baby bottles (we can also lend them to you) or drink bottles 
  • nappies 
  • hairbrush and comb
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • shampoo, conditioner and soap, and other toiletries including feminine hygiene products
  • any special dietary formula and feeding equipment
  • your baby’s dummy or teat (we can also supply them to you)
  • baby formula (the Hospital can provide S26, S26 Progress, S26 LF and Infasoy)
  • a favourite toy, book, colouring pencils and games 
  • your child’s own pillow case and doona, if your child would like this
  • any other items needed by your child daily. 
  • school work if you are staying for longer than a week, you will go to school in hospital or the school teachers will come to your bedside.
Last updated Wednesday 21st February 2024