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Patient property - our policy

As a general principle it is the patient's responsibility to ensure the storage and safekeeping of their property, unless it is handed over to the Trust for safekeeping. The Trust has a responsibility to make patients and relatives aware of this policy and its application.

On admission to all clinical areas, patients will be given relevant advice on how to manage their property safely. This is provided in the ward information leaflet for each individual area. For planned admissions this will be sent out to the patient prior to their admission into hospital.

valuables safe

When you come into hospital please bring as little property as possible. This particularly applies to valuables.

Patients should hand any item they do not require to a friend or relative to take home. When this is not possible, patients will be advised by our staff  to deposit any money or valuables into the Trust safe keeping. This is our policy and is also displayed on notices in our ward areas.

The Trust cannot accept responsibility for the loss of personal property or valuables unless they have been handed over to the Trust for safekeeping. This includes electronic devices, high value multimedia devices and jewellery.

Thank you for your understanding.

'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham