Hospital patients are restricted to using small electrical items, powered either by batteries, or a low voltage plug adaptor, or an inline charging adaptor, which has an output of less than 25 volts. The voltage is usually shown on the label attached to the adaptor casing.
The equipment, its in-line adaptor and its associated mains lead and plug must be visually in good condition and will be inspected for damage by the ward staff before being used on Trust premises. If necessary damaged equipment may be retained by staff until the item is replaced or repaired.
The Trust reserves the right to prevent the use of, or remove from use, any electrical items which contravenes this guidance and/or statutory regulations.
Unsure of suitability
Please speak to a member of staff if you are unsure about the suitability of any electrical equipment you have brought in. They may need to contact the on-site electrician for advice. In this case, equipment should not to be used until it has been checked. Please note this could take up to 12 hours.
Items that can be brought onto hospital premises and used:
- Tablet computers
- Personal MP3/ music/video/photo players (with earphones attached)
- Hand held televisions (with earphones attached)
- Small personal DVD players (with earphones attached)
- Personal CD players or radios (with earphones attached)
- Mobile phone chargers
- Patient connected electrical medical devices
- Laptop computers – Must always be placed on a hard service and NOT on bedding due to the potential to overheating.
Please note devices should not be charged in an oxygen rich environment.
Items that cannot be brought onto hospital premises and used:
Any electrical appliance which runs on direct mains power (220-250 volt) such as:
- Portable televisions on direct mains power (eg. a standard TV set)
- Hi-Fi/Radio/CD/DVD players on direct mains power
- Hair dryers, hair tongs, hair straighteners etc.
- Extension leads
- Any cooking appliances including kettles, toasters, or tea/coffee cup heating elements
- Mini drinks fridges
- Fan heaters or tabletop cooling fans
- Butane or gas powered devices
Please note this list is not exhaustive.
Electrical sockets are primarily for the use of medical equipment. Sockets can only be used when one is available and is not required for clinical use.