Further Information

Visitors

Visiting times are: - 3.00pm - 4.30pm and 6.00pm - 8.00pm

If these times are not suitable for you because of distance, work or child care problems, please discuss with the nurse in charge.

How Your Family and Carers Can Help Us

Two visitors per bed at any one time please. This is necessary not only because the patient will be overtired by more, but space is limited and overcrowding poses a health and safety hazard.

  • It is helpful if as early as possible, your family/carers arrange to see your named nurse to explain the situation at home, and any problems that we should know about.
  • Following this, the nurse may advise that they also speak to the doctor, the social worker, or other members of the team.
  • Please follow strictly the hand washing regimes using the gel provided.
  • If you have special dietary needs, and/or you think that your appetite would be helped by some food brought in for you, please discuss this with the named nurse to make suitable arrangements
  • When patients are recovering from an illness, they will reach a stage when wearing their own clothes assists the psychological recovery. It also enables us to see if you can dress on your own without help. We are grateful if family can bring in some clean clothes for this purpose.
  • Please report to us changes your family/carers see in your condition. They know you better than we do.
  • Falls are a common hazard as one tries to recover strength and walking again. The risk can be minimised by: -
    • Minimising clutter around the bed and chair
    • Making sure the call bell is left in easy reach when your visitors leave
    • Having good slippers or shoes to wear while in hospital
    • Making sure the walking aid (frame or stick) is near-to-hand when your visitors leave.

 Moving On / Going Home

During your stay with us minimal disruption to your lifestyle is our aim. To achieve this we will discuss the treatment plan and involve you at all times. Please can you ask your family to bring in toiletries and day clothes for continued rehabilitation.

The length of time spent on the ward will vary depending on your condition. All patients expected date of discharge is 25 days maximum.

You may also be transferred to another community setting if you no longer need the medical care and facilities of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, but are not yet ready to go home. In this case we will try to transfer you to a community setting near your home. This could be an Intermediate Care setting or a Community Hospital.

On the day of discharge it is likely you will be transferred to the Discharge Lounge to wait for your transport home. This is located in the foyer of the tower block entrance on the ground floor and is staffed by a qualified nurse and volunteers. Seating, toilet facilities and refreshments are all available there. Final minor treatments may also be carried out by the nurse to expedite your discharge.

On the day, you will go home with at least 2 weeks supply of medication. Please be patient, our pharmacy is very busy and your tablets may take up to 4 hours to be prepared. Appointment to return to outpatients will be posted to you if appropriate

Cleanliness and Infections in Hospital

Some people are admitted to hospital with infections that require them to be cared for away from other patients to prevent the spread of that particular infection. Please follow the instructions given to you by staff.

You will be nursed in a single room; the door may need to remain closed, depending on the nature of your infection. Please pay particular attention to hand washing and general cleanliness at all times, especially when leaving the room.

If you have been in contact with chickenpox, measles or mumps within 3 weeks of your admittance to hospital, please inform a member of staff.

We ask that visitors suffering from minor infections such as a cold avoid visiting if possible, for their sake as well as the patients. We do not recommend babies being brought in to visit, again for their own protection.

Hand washing. The most common means by which infection is transmitted is by hand, therefore handwashing is a very basic, yet vital infection control measure. Alcohol hand gel is kept at the entrance of the ward and at each bedside for all the visitors to use before and after visiting. For hygienic hand disinfection apply 3ml (3 shots) to physically clean hands for 30 seconds ensuring all areas are covered, until dry.

Visitors are requested not to sit on patients beds, this is to help minimise the risk of spread of infection and for other health and safety reasons. For further information on Cleanliness and Infection click here.