When you are admitted to Alstone

What to expect when you are admitted to our ward

The majority of patients are now admitted to the Orthopaedic Admission Suite, on the day of surgery. This service is open Monday to Friday and patients are seen by the consultant  or doctor, reviewed by the anaesthetist and prepared and escorted to theatre.

Patients are admitted to Alstone Ward post operatively, unless they are admitted to the ward the previous evening. A bed will have been allocated, prior to your return from theatre and a nurse will have been assigned to take responsibility for your care.

Patients undergoing hip and knee replacements normally stay on the ward for five days, prior to going home. Early mobilisation is an important aspect of rehabilitation and patients are encouraged to wear day clothes as soon as possible.

Please be aware that the Trust is now smoke free

Smoking is not permitted in any building or within the grounds of any of our sites. Information and support is available to any patients who wish to stop smoking. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is available to help reduce your cravings during your stay. Read more about the support we offer to help you quit smoking.

 

Going home

When you arrive on the ward your nurse will advise you approximately how long your stay in hospital will be. We hope you have already made some plans and preparations for your discharge and how you will manage when returning home. We are unable to provide hospital transport to take you home and this is another consideration to be made prior to admission.

Discharge planning starts as soon as you are admitted as we like to know your social circumstances and give you a proposed date for discharge. A more definite date is normally given twenty four hours before your discharge. For your discharge to go ahead your team of doctors, the physiotherapist, occupational therapist and nurse have to be happy that you are fit and ready.

Prior to your discharge you may receive all or some of the following: - an outpatient’s appointment, a practice nurse appointment, medication and aids from the physiotherapist and occupational therapist. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask the nursing staff