When you are admitted to Dixton

What to expect when you are admitted to our ward

On admission to Dixton ward you will be welcomed by one of the nursing team who will admit you to the ward and take your personal, medical and social details. Your name and the name of the consultant will be displayed on the board above your bed.

Your admitting nurse will be responsible for initiallly settling you into the ward and assessing your needs, explaining proceedures and planning your care.

You will see a doctor who will order any other appropriate investigations. Your care thereafter will very much depend on your reason for admission. The Consultant responsible for your care will see you on the following day morning, this includes the weekends.

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

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.