The Patient Lounge is a comfortable area with both beds and chairs for up to twelve patients who are medically fit to leave the hospital. The purpose of the department is to help patient flow through the hospital, freeing up space for new patients to be admitted.
Patients suitable for the Lounge will be transferred there from the ward while they are waiting for final discharge arrangements as medication and transport.
The Patient Lounge is a comfortable, air-conditioned area with television, radio and reading materials. Refreshments including tea, coffee and biscuits are available as well as snack boxes and hot meals.
It is staffed by registered nurses and healthcare assistants who can continue with any care requirements such as medication administration or hygiene needs.
Medications to take home:
Any medications to take home will be prepared by pharmacy and explained to patients or carers by the nursing staff. Please note that it can take up to several hours for medications to be prepared, checked and dispensed.
Patients can be collected directly from the Patient Lounge. Relatives and carers will be contacted as soon as patients are ready for collection. Please do not travel before this time as there is limited space and you may need to wait up to several hours if arrangements have not been finalised.
Normal visiting times have changed due to Covid-19. You may arrange a visit by contacting the ward and booking an appointment. The ward will complete a risk assessment for each visitor.
Visiting times are 2pm-8pm, Monday-Sunday.
Situated in Outpatients Department 16 (Florence Desmond Unit) on Level A. When entering the hospital via the Main Entrance, continue past Costa and M&S to the Wayfinder map. Turn left and follow the signs for Outpatients Department 16 and the Florence Desmond Unit which are down one floor on Level A. If arriving via the Florence Desmond Unit Entrance at the back of the hospital, take the first left turn. The department is at the end of the corridor.