When you are admitted to Cardiac Unit

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.

 

Going Home

If you have any pending discharge problems please speak to your allocated nurse.