On arrival to the ward you need to check in at the reception desk. A nurse or the ward clerk will then show you to your bed.
You will also be briefly shown around the ward and where the facilities are e.g. bathroom, playroom.
The nurse will then undertake your admission paperwork which involves asking a series of questions to find out more about you.
The ward doctor will ask you a few questions regarding your past and present health and about any medicines you may be taking and also perform a quick examination e.g. listen to your heart etc.
There is no strict ward routine and you will be encouraged to follow your home routine as much as possible. Some of your time on the ward can be spent doing activities which our play specialists can facilitate for you. There are teachers within hospital who can facilitate learning opportunities. We would also encourage you to maintain connections with your friends via social media/ messaging. There is an available wifi network to enable this.
We hope you will be able to continue to self-care, such as washing and dressing yourself, but the staff are there to help and support you. You will not be expected to do anything you do not feel able to, and staff will be happy to give advice if there is anything you aren’t sure about.
Customs and beliefs
The hospital has a chaplaincy and representatives of most faiths are available on request. If you have any particular wishes regarding your religion or faith, please discuss this with your nurse.
We have a range of activities to keep you occupied whilst you’re an inpatient with us, but would also encourage you to bring in anything specific that you would like to do.
Some of the activities available include:
• Board Games, packs of cards and Puzzles
• Wordsearch/ puzzle books/ Suduko
• Mindfulness colouring and art materials for any art projects you might like to do
• A range of craft activities for the artistic amongst you, such as fabric painting, jewellery making etc
We don’t have any devices to play music, so would encourage you bring in your own if you like listening to music.
We also have a range of games consoles, ipads, kindles and VR headsets that you can use throughout your stay. There is also a large touch screen television, which you can access.
When having treatments or procedures we can offer activities to keep you engaged, such as ipad games/ mental aptitude games. We also have a virtual reality headset, which you may wish to use whilst having a procedure done. Please do not hesitate to ask Emma or Gemma (Play Team), if you would like any more information or if you feel you may need some support during any treatments or procedures.