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.
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.
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital