Eyford Ward

Eyford is a ward specialising in the care of patients undergoing Ophthalmic (Eye) surgery as well as Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. The majority of the work is with day case patients, the inpatients being cared for on Montpellier ward or in the case of Oral Surgery, Knightsbridge ward.

The ward is lead by a Ward Manager and Sister, supported by trained and untrained staff. A large majority of the staff specialist eye trained nurses. We are also a teaching hospital so have student nurses at times. There are two Ward Clerks.

We have 10 Consultants (eyes) and 3 Oral Maxillorfacial Consultants, within the unit who are assisted by specialist registrars, staff grades, associate specialists, fellows and SHO’s.

The ward is very busy with a large turnover of patients. We aim to be courteous and considerate to patients and colleagues as well as appreciating the importance of establishing good relationships. We maintain a high standard of Ophthalmic nursing skills and management of the blind and partially sighted.

Eyford Ward is located in East Block on the second floor.

What to expect when you are admitted to our ward

When you arrive on the ward you will be shown to a bay. Your details will be checked as well as blood pressure and pulse. You may also have a vision check. Most likely drops will be instilled into your eye in preparation for your operation. Following care will depend on the reason for your admission.

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.

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

Consultants 

 

Ward Staff

Deputy Lead Nurse - Navy blue dress/pale blue piping

Sister - Navy blue dress/tunic/trousers

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

Nursing Auxillaries - Yellow striped dress/tunic and navy trousers

 

Mealtimes and catering

There are no set meal times due to the nature of our ward. All patients are offered refreshments on their return from the theatre. Coffee/Tea/cold drinks biscuits or sandwiches in the afternoon.

There are two Restaurants at Cheltenham General. The Blue Spa Café is located at the front of the Hospital in Centre Block. The Glass House Café can be found in St. Paul's Wing. For more information Click Here.

Additional information

There are several WRVS shops around the hospital.

Newspapers and magazines can be purchased daily from the WRVS shop in St Lukes Wing.

A Dietician, Chiropodist, Dentist and Pharmacist are all available on site and the staff will inform you of these in more detail should you wish.

Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy will arrange for your family to observe / help with sessions if you wish, particularly prior to discharge.

Social services

We've got a good team of social workers based in the hospital. If you need any social help please contact a member of staff they will be able to arrange this service.

If any special help is needed for communication (English as a 2nd Language) the staff will arrange an interpreter or your friends / relatives are welcome to help.

Chaplaincy staff visit the Ward, or you may arrange for your own spiritual advisor to visit

Smoking

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.

Any questions

If you have any concerns during your stay with us or have any suggestions on how we can improve our service, please do not hesitate to talk to the Ward Manager, Modern Matron or any of the staff nurses who are always willing to answer any questions whilst on duty.

 

How to contact the ward

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

Telephone numbers: - 0300 422 4002

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