Coming to stay as a patient

What should I bring for an inpatient stay?

Patients may want to bring comfortable day clothes, along with pajamas, slippers and a house coat. There is a washer and dryer in each unit. Other recommended items include: toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, towel, reading material, writing paper, and any hobby materials patients may enjoy.

Pocket change for coffee or other sundry items is a good idea, and any additional money patients wish to bring can be held in the Accounting Department. Each room features a locked cupboard, however, patients are responsible for all the items they wish to bring into The Royal.

For information on each unit’s restrictions, or bringing specific items, such as medications or electronic devices, please check with a staff member prior to admission.

What are The Royal’s expectations of patient behaviour?

Patients are expected to act in a safe and responsible manner, to treat both staff and other patients with respect, and to respect hospital property. Aggressive, threatening or abusive behaviour and language is not acceptable.

Patients are expected to follow The Royal’s policies and work collaboratively with health care providers in developing and carrying out agreed-upon treatment plans.

Patients should disclose relevant information and clearly communicate their wants and needs to staff. It’s also important that patients give accurate information to their health care team to help them plan the best care for each patient’s unique needs.

Why are some wards locked or occasionally locked?

All floors can have a locked door if a situation requires it. Usually this occurs when an inpatient wishes to leave the unit, but cannot, because he/she is considered a potential danger to themselves or others, or the patient may not be able to look after themselves if they wandered off. Forensic units are locked at all times.

What are the curfew times for patients and why?

The Royal recognizes the need to provide a safe environment for all patients. As part of the ongoing care, all inpatients must be present on their respective units between 9pm and 7am. During the course of inpatient treatment, the physician may authorize additional absences such as day passes or weekend leave.