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Admission

Disabilities

If you have mobility, communication, hearing or visual impairment you may wish to tell us before your admission. We have an assessment form called “Closing the Gap” to complete if you have a learning disability. Please let us know at pre-assessment or by contacting your consultant’s secretary whose details are on your admission letter.

Getting here

Car parking

Visitors should use the Pay & Display areas provided at each hospital site. You are advised to bring loose change for the ticket machine. Blue badge holders can park free of charge for as long as required in the Disabled or the Pay & Display areas provided their badge is displayed. No one may park on double yellow lines anywhere within the grounds. Should you do so, the Foundation Trust operates a parking charge notice system if you infringe car parking regulations. Concessionary car parking permits are available if you are an inpatient for over 7 days or if you regularly attend the hospital. Your nearest relative or friend can apply after having visited for over 7 days for this concession. Those patients whose treatment requires them to make repeated attendance at a clinic or ward also qualify for a concession. Please ask staff for details. The Trust will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage occurring to vehicles whilst parked on the hospital site. Please remember to ensure your vehicle is left secure and all personal items are removed from view.

Help with fares

If you are attending an NHS hospital for treatment you may be entitled to the cost of bus fare or possibly mileage allowance (this does not usually include taxi fares, unless it is deemed totally inappropriate to use public transport) to or from the hospital if:
  • You or partner receives income support, income-based job seekers allowance, family credit or disability working allowance.
  • Your income is low enough (claim on form HC1).
  • You are attending a sexually transmitted disease clinic more than 15 miles from your home.
  • You get a war or MOD disablement pension and are being treated for your war injury.
Payment can be made at any hospital – ask at reception. Sometimes we will pay for an escort to travel with you if it is considered to be medically necessary. The doctor or nurse looking after you will make this decision. If you are visiting a patient who is a partner or close relative, you may be able to get help with your travel costs if you are receiving income support or income–based job seekers allowance. You can obtain the claim form from your local social services office.

Where to go on arrival

When you arrive at the hospital please go straight to the ward specified on your admission letter. To enable the ward staff to admit you without delay, it is important that you bring the following documents:
  • Admission letter.
  • New National Health Service number (obtainable from your family doctor).
  • Postcode of your home address.
  • Pension book number and amount payable (if applicable).
  • War pension details (if applicable).
  • The name and surgery address of your family doctor.
  • Your Bradford Hospital Number if you have one.

What to bring

You may wish to use this check-list as a guide:
  • Night clothes, dressing gown, slippers
  • Underwear
  • Toiletries, hairbrush, comb, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste or denture cleaner, soap, face flannel, towels (hand/bath)
  • Paper handkerchiefs
  • Shaving equipment
  • Spectacles
  • Walking stick
  • Hearing aid
  • Any type of special shoe
  • Medicine
  • Sanitary towels/tampons
  • Small change
  • Prescribed medication
Please ensure that all nightwear is fire retardant. If you wish you can also bring reading material. Magazines and newspapers are available at the hospital shop.

During your stay in hospital, monitoring equipment may be attached to your finger so it is important that all nail varnish has been removed and your nails are clearly visible. Patients with a full set of false nails should remove them all before coming to hospital, while those with acrylic nails should remove one acrylic nail from each hand, ideally the index or middle finger.

Ethnicity

You will be asked which ethnic group you belong to. This information is collected to enable the Trust to ensure that the service provided meets the needs of our patients.

Entitlement to NHS treatment

There are occasions when patients may be required to prove residency in the UK and entitlement to NHS treatment. Please help our
staff if they require this information.