Kemerton is an 18 bedded male unit consisting of 10 day surgery trolleys and 8 surgical admissions trolleys for patients requiring an inpatient stay in hospital post procedure. We care for males undergoing a variety of surgical procedures including, vascular surgery, urology and general surgery. Kemerton also has a urology treatment room for outpatient clinics.
The unit is staffed by qualified nurses who are supported by healthcare assistants. Kate Mennie is the Senior Sister in charge supported by Sister Jackie Grolimund. The unit is overseen by Modern Matron John Wells. Student nurses also have placements and care for patients under the guidance of a qualified nurse.
Kemerton is open weekdays from 7:30am to 9:00pm, and is located in the centre block of the hospital and can be accessed via the Sandford Road Main Pillars entrance to the hospital. The unit is on the first floor.
What to expect on your arrival
On arrival to Kemerton, please report to reception. The receptionist will take your name and let the nurses know you have arrived. You will be asked to have a seat in the waiting room until the nursing staff are ready to call you through. Patients for the morning lists will arrive on the unit between 7:30-8:00am, patients for the afternoon lists will arrive between 12:00 midday-1:00pm.
Once you have been allocated a trolley, a nurse will come and introduce themselves and prepare you for theatre. This is the person responsible for your care, who you can ask questions of and who will support you through the day. If your nurse goes off shift, they will introduce you to the nurse taking over responsibility for your care. The nurse will also inform you where you are on the theatre list and give you a rough estimate of when you will go to theatre. An exact time cannot be given as procedures vary in length. There are several theatre lists running at the same time but in different theatres so do not be concerned if you see other patients go to theatre before you. An anaesthetist will come and see you before you go to theatre to explain the anaesthetic and how they will care for you during surgery. The surgeon or a member of their team will come and see you explain the procedure and ask you to sign the consent form
For day surgery patients you can have a relative or friend stay with you until you go to theatre, then they will have to sit in the waiting area or return later when your surgery is completed. There is not space for more than one person to accompany you. We have single sexed bays, so if your relative or friend is of the opposite sex the curtains will be drawn around the trolley to give privacy to the other patients. No babies or children are allowed in the unit, so please ensure that childcare arrangements have been arranged prior to admission. There are no visiting times for the day patients as they are short stay.
For inpatient stay patients you can have a relative or friend stay with you until you go to theatre, we will then give them phone numbers and visiting information for the surgical ward you will be returning to following your surgery.
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.
Contacting the Kemerton Ward
Kemerton Reception: 0300 422 2522/3320
Kemerton surgical admissions: 0300 422 3321
Kemerton day surgery: 0300 422 3047