Staying in hospital

A person who stays in hospital overnight is called an inpatient

A white woman holds her hand on her head and looks in pain

You might stay in hospital because you are unwell and need treatment to make you better

Empty ward with a row of 3 hospital beds separated by blue curtains. Each has a bedside table, chair for visitors and television screen

You will stay on a ward. This is a room in the hospital with beds for people staying in hospital

The people staying in your room will have a similar illness to you

4 older women stand together smiling, one using a walking aid

If you are a woman, you will stay in a room with other women

4 older men stand together and one sits nearby on a chair

If you are a man, you will stay in a room with other men

Image representing a hospital next to a diary marked with 'Stay' and an arrow across several days

You might stay in hospital for one night or more nights

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You can read more about staying in hospital in our easy read booklets

Welcome to Guy's Hospital - information about your stay

What happens when you come to stay in Guy's Hospital.

Welcome to St Thomas' Hospital - information about your stay

What happens when you come to stay in St Thomas' Hospital.

Last updated: May 2022

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