Cardiac Unit

The Cardiac Ward is a 21 bedded ward divided into a 6-bedded monitored acute coronary care unit (CCU) and 15-bedded general cardiac/medical ward (comprising of 2 bays each with 6 beds, a single side room and a double side room).

The average stay in CCU is 2 days when you will then be moved to the main ward in either the red (female) or blue (male) bay. We endeavour to keep the bays single sex but on occasion it is unavoidable to have mixed-sex bays. Please ask your nurse for more information.

During each shift a nurse will be allocated to your care, please do not hesitate to ask him or her any questions you may have regarding your treatment. We do, however ask that where possible please do not disturb your nurse during a drug round.

The Cardiac ward is in St. Luke's Wing on the ground floor.

Our staff

A variety of people will be responsible for your care whilst in hospital. Some of the staff you may come in contact with while on the Cardiac Ward are: -

Consultants

For more information on the Consultants please click on their name.

Sister: - Navy blue dress / tunic / trousers.

Staff Nurse: - Blue and white striped dress / tunic with red piping and navy trousers.

Male Staff Nurse: - White tunic with striped epaulets and navy trousers.

Nursing Auxiliaries : - Green striped dress / tunic and navy trousers.

Bank Staff: - White dress / tunic and navy trousers.

Housekeeping Staff: - Pink and white stripped dress / tunic and trousers.

Domestics Staff: - Pale green and white striped dress / tunic and trousers.

Yellow dress with blue tabard.

Other staff involved in your care may include: junior doctors, cardiac technicians, cardiac rehab nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, ward clerks, pharmacists and student nurses.

What to expect when you are admitted to our ward

Most patients will be admitted straight into CCU and attached to a cardiac monitor. The average stay in CCU is 2 days when you will then be moved to either a male or female bay.

It is important for all cardiac patients to gain as much rest as possible as rest is a key factor in their swift recovery. With this in mind the Cardiac Ward encourages a strict visiting time policy. Visiting is between the hours of 3.00pm - 4.30pm and 6.00pm - 8.00pm only.

If you wish to use any electrical items e.g. laptops, DVD players etc. they MUST be tested by the hospital electrician prior to use. Please ask your nurse to arrange this. Mobile phone chargers cannot be tested by the hospital electrician so they MUST NOT be used on the ward. Please ask your relatives to charge mobile phones at home.

Please avoid the use of mobile phones in the CCU. Mobile phones are permitted otherwise, however we would ask you to keep your phone on silent and be mindful of other patients. Therefore, please restrict usage while in your bed space and avoid using your mobile during rest period and at night.

As a ward we encourage our patients to dress in the day in their normal attire rather than pyjamas/nightgowns where possible.

Please be aware that the Trust is now a smoke free NHS. 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.

 

Consultant ward rounds / When will I see a doctor?

Consultants have varying times for their ward rounds. Please ask your allocated nurse for this information.

Medicine rounds

Medicine rounds take place at: -

8am, 12noon, 5.30pm and 10pm

if you have brought your own tablets into hospital these will be stored in your locked drug cupboard and returned to you with any new medications on discharge.

Visitors

It is important for all cardiac patients to gain as much rest as possible as rest is a key factor in their swift recovery. With this in mind the Cardiac ward encourages a strict visiting policy.

Visiting times are: - 3pm - 4.30pm and 6pm - 8pm

Visitors are limited to no more than two per patient at any one time.

Please can visitors be encouraged to use the alcohol gel provided before and after entering the ward, and to kindly refrain from sitting on patient’s beds. There are visitor chairs provided in the ward corridor.

Please note: No flowers in CCU

Only immediate family are permitted to visit patients admitted to CCU outside these hours. Please check with the nurse in charge.

The staff are more than happy to discuss alternative arrangements but your co-operation is appreciated.

How to contact the ward

You and your family will be informed of the best time to telephone for news.

Telephone numbers: - 0300 422 4011

Or Telephone Switchboard on 0300 422 2222 and ask for the Ward.

There are no bedside phones in CCU. However it is possible for immediate next of kin to phone the mobile number in order to speak to a relative. The number is: - 0300 422 2958.

Bedside phones are available within the main ward and a card may be purchased from the machine located outside the ward. Calls should be restricted between the hours of 8.00am - 8.00pm, and not at all during the hours 1pm - 3pm when patients are encouraged to rest.

Relatives are welcome to phone and speak to a nurse, but we encourage families to assign one family member to act as spokesperson in order to cut down on the amount of time a nurse spends dealing with phone calls.

 

Any questions?

Please feel free to ask your allocated nurse or the ward sister if you have any questions / problems during your stay. He / she can make arrangements for you to discuss your care with other members of staff, e.g. doctors, social workers, etc. should you wish.

 

Please be aware that the Trust is now a smoke free NHS. 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.