When you are admitted to Snowshill
What to Expect When you are Admitted to our Ward
On arrival you will be shown the ward facilities and taken to your bed. In the event of a bed not being immediately available you will be asked to wait in the day room and we will get you to your bed in time to prepare you for your operation.
You may be asked to report to Pamington Suite first, which is a Surgical Admissions Unit, and you may therefore not arrive at the ward until much later. Your admission letter and details provided to you at the time of your pre-assessment appointment should have fully informed you about where to report to.
The nurses work in teams concentrating on the delivery of care to patients in their group. Your named nurse will be the trained nurse on duty each shift who is caring for your particular group, and he/she will answer any questions you or your family may have.
Once shown to your bed the nurse will check your details and place an identity band on your wrist. You will be visited by the anaesthetist who may prescribe a pre-medication usually in the form of tablets, which you will be given approximately one hour before your operation.
You may be given an injection of a low dose anticoagulant that helps to prevent the formation of clots in the deep veins while under anaesthetic or less mobile due to surgery. These injections are continued daily until discharge. You may also be fitted with white support stockings. A member of your surgical team will mark the site with a skin pen.
Usually you will be seen by your Consultant's team daily. All the teams have a Registrar in charge during your stay who will see you daily between 08:00am and 10:00am.