Your stay with us
You will normally stay on a ward that specialises in the care of the condition or illness you have. These wards are made up of separate bays with six people in them. We are committed to ensuring the privacy and dignity of all our patients when in our care so we will ensure that everyone in your bay is the same sex as you. We have a limited number of side rooms on each ward that accommodate one person only. These rooms can be used for a number of reasons, for example to prevent infection spreading.
There are a few places in the hospital where your care may be delivered in an environment that has mixed sex accommodation, such as intensive care or the coronary care unit. In these areas staff will do everything possible to ensure your privacy and dignity are respected and you will be moved to single sex accommodation as soon as it is safe for you to do so. All wards have female, male and accessible toilet and bathroom facilities. If you need to go for a test or treatment in another part of the hospital, we will make sure that you are appropriately dressed and that your privacy and dignity are maintained at all times.
Sometimes it is necessary to change the ward that you are on. This could be because your care needs have changed or because there is a more appropriate ward for us to continue caring for you on. If this happens the staff looking after you will explain any changes, what to expect and how you and when you will be moved.
Your identity bracelet
We will give you a hospital identity bracelet with your name on it. If you have an allergy we will also give you a red band to wear. These are for your safety, so please be sure to wear them at all times.
Storing your personal belongings
You’ll find a cupboard beside your bed where you can store your personal belongings. We recommend that you don’t leave your valuables in it though as there is no lock on it. We ask patients to leave valuables at home wherever possible. If you have brought valuables with you, please ask a relative to take them home for you if possible. Please tell your nurse if you have any concerns.
Please give any medicines that you have brought with you to your nurse who will tell you where and how they will be stored. If you need to change wards we’ll move your medicines with you. If you would like to continue to administer your own medicines while you are in hospital, please discuss this with your nurse. It’s really important that you tell your doctor and the ward pharmacist about any medicines that you are taking, including over-the-counter medicines. We also need to know about any herbal or alternative remedies that you are taking.
Please let us know if you are allergic to any medications.