Ward 3A is an elective Orthopaedic ward. This means we have patients who are undergoing routine Orthopaedic surgery comprising mainly of hip replacements, knee replacements and spinal surgery. We also undertake other joint surgery to the body.
Care is supported by a strong nursing structure, which is part of the Surgical Directorate in the Trust.
The Lead Nurse manager for the Trauma and Orthopaedic wards heads the team. The Senior Sister and Ward Sister lead the ward based teams, where we have team leaders. The remaining nursing staff are divided into these teams.
The other wards within the Orthopaedic Directorate are 3B and 4A. When we have to take transfers from other wards they are from within orthopaedics, MRSA negative and should have confirmed discharge dates. We also take patients from the Day Surgery Unit if they need an overnight stay.
3A is a large and very busy ward. We have 35 beds, D bay reverting to 3B when hospital pressure dictates.
You will find the ward in the Tower Block on the 3rd floor.
What to expect when you are admitted to our ward
Patients for theatre go straight to S.A.S (Surgical Admission Suite) and then come to the ward straight from theatre.
When you arrive on the ward you will be shown to your bed. In the event that a bed is not available, we will ask you to wait in the dayroom until one is available. This can take some time. The nurse in charge of your care will keep you informed and give you an indication of the time you will be expected to wait. A name band will be put on your wrist and bloods will be taken.
Once shown to your bed, a nurse will see you. They will check all your details and give you time to ask any further questions that may have arisen since pre-admission clinic. You will then see a doctor, anaethetist and your Consultant.
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.
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: - 03004 22 5005 / 6771
Or Telephone Switchboard on 03004 22 2222 and ask for the Ward
To find out when the visiting times are please visit our visiting times