The day before your surgery
Please ensure you have arranged transport to and from the hospital with family, friends or a taxi. It is also a good idea to ensure you have someone you can call in the days after your surgery to provide extra help should you need it.
You may have been advised not to not eat or drink before arriving at the hospital. It is important for your wellbeing that you follow the advice given to you about eating and drinking before your operation. Find out more here
If you smoke, please try to refrain from smoking for at least a week before your operation. This will make a big difference on how well and how quickly you recover.
If you take medication regularly, please bring all of it, including your inhalers with you to hospital on the day of your surgery. If you take any blood pressure or heart tablets, please take them as usual with only a sip of water.
Wherever possible please ensure that all medication is in its original box. This will help ensure that the correct medication is prescribed for you during your hospital stay.
What to bring
You may wish to bring the following items to make your stay more comfortable:
- A dressing gown and slippers as you will walk to the theatre department if you’re able to
- Something to read or a personal music system as you may have to wait some time for your operation
- Sensible footwear and baggy clothing so that we can easily dress your wound after your surgery
- Food for your particular dietary requirements (e.g. gluten free)
Please do not bring:
- Any valuables
- A large amount of money; only bring enough for small items
- Jewellery; we don’t want to cut any valuable jewellery, so please leave it at home
- False nails, nail varnish or makeup; don’t wear them or bring them please
Download a map of our hospital site
The Day Unit can be accessed using Gate A. There is a drop-off point here with 20 minutes free parking, but for longer stays, please use Gate C. You can find more parking information here.
Patients and their visitors are able to park for the first 20 minutes in the Hospital car parks for free. You will be required to obtain a ticket from the Pay and Display Machine when making use of the free 20 minutes parking. Valid tickets must be displayed at all times.
The Pay and Display machines accept coins or card payments only. Patients and patient visitors are advised, where possible, to have the correct change when attending the hospital.
For more than 20 minutes parking, the charges are as follows:
- Up to 2 hours: £3.30
- Up to 5 hours: £4.50
- Up to 24 hours: £7.50
Blue Badge Holders charges
Blue Badge Parking in designated parking spaces will no longer be free of charge. A rate of £3.30 will be available for all blue badge holders which will cover a period of up to 5 hours. This concession is not limited to the designated disabled parking bays but for all parking bays in the Hospital patient and visitor car parks.
Discounts for Multiple Visits
Tickets for longer periods can be purchased from the ward or department you are visiting. Please ask one of the team. The charges are as follows.
- 7 day ticket: £14.00
- 28 day ticket: £40.00
Physiotherapy, Oncology and Paediatric patients attending two or more appointments per week can apply for a separate weekly ticket:
Forms are available from the ward or department you are visiting, the welcome desk or from the car park kiosk located in the main hospital car park. Please note, weekly tickets cannot be purchased in advance.
If you have any questions about parking, please contact the car park team on 0121 685 4201
Getting here by bus
The National Express West Midlands Services 61, 98, 63 all run from the City Centre, along Bristol Road and stop outside the Hospital gates.
At peak times (before 9.30 am and after 3.30 pm -6.30 pm, Monday - Friday) buses run every 4 minutes.
During off-peak times (9.30 am to 3.30 pm, and after 6.30 pm, Monday - Friday) buses run every 15 minutes. There is a reduced service on Sundays. The 98 service also stops off at University Hospitals Birmingham in Edgbaston.
The First Direct Bus service number 144 runs from the City Centre, every half hour to Bromsgrove and Worcester and stops outside the hospital.
Use the Network West Midlands journey planner
Getting here by train
The closest train station to The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is Northfield Train Station which is located here: Quarry Lane, Northfield, Birmingham, West Midlands. B31 2PY
Please be advised that the station is approximately 1.2 miles from the hospital, a distance which may be unsuitable for some visitors.
Use the Network West Midlands journey planner
Parking (cashless options available)
APCOA Connect offers cashless payment options at the Hospital; pay by phone, pay by SMS, pay by web and pay by app. The benefits are the freedom to pay for parking from anywhere and the ability to extend a parking stay without returning to the vehicle. You don’t need to be a registered user to pay via APCOA Connect.
Registration is quick, simple and free. Once registered, you can use phone, SMS, smartphone app or website parking payment options. Any calls to the standard phone parking service are much quicker and simpler because they will already know most of the details needed for your parking. Once you are registered you can pay and extend your parking by SMS message and view your parking history online at www.apcoaconnect.com
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Car Park location code is 4012
First time users
- Call 01895 262122 as soon as you have parked your vehicle
- You will need the car park's Location Code - 4012, the length of your stay (for parking code see below) and your payment card details.
- Reply to the text with your Vehicle Registration Number. Your parking is now paid.
Pay by phone: 01895 262122
Pay by text: 68680
Pay by web www.apcoaconnect.com
Pay by App – download the Apcoa Connect App from the app store to your phone or mobile device
Up to 2 hours Parking Code 120 £3.80
Up to 5 hours Parking Code 300 £5.00
Up to 24 hours Parking Code 801 £7.50
Blue Badge Holders should select the £3.80/up to 2 hours tariff to access the 5 hours concession. Please note a 30p convenience fee will be added to your parking tariff.
For more information please see the parking attendant on-site, call 0345 301 1151 or visit the APCOA Connect website at www.apcoaconnect.com