Ryeworth Ward

Ryeworth Ward is a 32 bedded ward specialising in the ongoing care of older people, especially those with more complex needs and those requiring a reorganisation of care at home before leaving hospital. The team deal with the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of illness in older people after surgery or following an acute medical illness.

Recently Ryeworth ward has taken over caring for patients who have suffered a fracture neck of femur. This is a result of the Trust ‘Utopia’ project.

The ward is led by a Senior Sister/Ward Manager who is supported by two Band 6 Senior Nurses. Together they oversee and lead a nursing team which is made up of Staff Nurses, Lead Heath Care Assistants, Health Care Assistants and a Ward Clerk. The ward also has Student Nurses allocated to it who work alongside the permanent team under supervision. Bank Nurses support the ward depending upon the staffing levels. All staff work closely with members of the multi disciplinary team consisting of: -

Physiotherapists; Occupational Therapists; Social Workers; Discharge Liaison Sisters; Dieticians; Diabetic Nurse Specialists; Pharmacists and Hospital Volunteers. The physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists undertake daily assessments relating to mobility and self personal care which assists them your rehabilitation progress.

Other disciplines available as required include the Pain team; Palliative care team and the Mental Health liaison Nurses.

We have 2 medical teams attached to the ward: -

We also have team C who provide pre and post operative orthopaedic cover for patients on the ward who have sustained a fractured Neck of Femur. Ongoing rehabilitative care is undertaken by the medical team.

They are supported by a team of Doctors who are responsible for your care whist on a day to day basis.

What to Expect When you are Admitted to our Ward

Ryeworth Ward is located on the second floor of St Luke’s wing 2, Cheltenham General Hospital. Admissions/transfers tend to come via the speciality wards or directly from home. On arrival to the ward members of nursing staff will settle you into your allocated bed and endeavour to make you feel as comfortable as possible and orientate you to your new surroundings. The nurse will show you how to use the bedside call bell should you require assistance. If you have valuables with you, the staff will encourage you to give them to a relative or a friend for safe keeping or request that they are placed in the ward safe until some one can collect them. Patients who wish to keep their valuables with them will be asked to sign a disclaimer form and will be responsible for keeping their valuables safe.

Staff will re-assess your particular needs, for example nutrition, mobility and discharge. The nurse will need to obtain information from you which will include next of kin details and health information. You will be weighed, have your height measured and assessed as to how dependant you are. If you know that you have any allergies please ensure that you inform your assessing nurse and a red wrist band will be made available for your in patient stay. We realise that coming into hospital can be stressful for all concerned but we will attempt to allay your anxieties.

Although the ward is busy we aim to promote high standards of care in a safe environment for patients and staff where dignity and confidentiality is maintained. The team is made up of novice and expert nurses who are extremely keen and enthusiastic and together staff rise to every new challenge. The team has recently taken on care of patients who have sustained a fracture shaft of femur. Working alongside the orthopaedic teams staff have completed education programmes and trained accordingly in order to undertake this new challenge.

The basic requirements for you will be night wear which is easy to manage, or track suit/jogging bottoms if preferred. Wash bag and towels, slippers, dressing gown or alternative. A full set of day clothes will be required once you start your rehabilitation. If you have brought your own medication into hospital it will be taken away, checked by the ward pharmacist and either kept safe or actually used and stored in the lockable bedside box. A pharmacist checks patient’s medication daily and is available to answer any questions that you may have concerning your medication.

Tablets are dispensed form your bed side box which is kept locked in between medication times.

One week’s supply of medication is arranged for discharge as required.

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?

The Consultant Ward Rounds take place on: -

How to Contact the Ward

Telephone numbers: - 0300 422 2056

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

Relatives are welcome to phone and speak to a nurse, but we encourage families to assign one family member to act as the family spokesperson.