What happens on arrival on the unit?
On admission to the unit you will be welcomed by one
of our nurses who will help you settle into the bed area.
After receiving a handover, the nurse will then assess you and
discuss the plan of care with you and your family.
Patients are advised not to bring large amounts of personal
belongings to the ward as space is limited. Please leave
valuables at home as we cannot take responsibility for them.
Please make sure you bring: toiletries, pyjamas, dressing gown
and slippers and a towel.
If you are having an elective procedure then you will have been
seen in pre-admission clinic where the team will have
explained the procedure to you and answered any questions you may
It is a very busy ward so you may be asked to wait in our
dayroom until a bed becomes available.
What will normally happen during my stay?
Every patients' plan of care is individual however most of
our patients can expect daily ECG's, daily blood tests,
regular blood pressure monitoring and an echo scan of their
heart. You will be reviewed daily by a Consultant cardiologist
or their specialist registrar. Most patients stay between 24
and 72 hours. However, recovery can sometimes be slower or some of
our patients need extra help so may stay for a little
It may be possible to arrange accommodation for your relatives
in Cobbett House. This can be arranged through the nurse
When well enough, patients are usually discharged to our
cardiology/cardiothoracic step down ward (wards 3 and 4) or
back to your own local district General Hospital.
During your stay you will be looked after by our team of nurses.
The nurse looking after you will introduce himself or herself to
you at the beginning of every shift. The nurses are highly skilled
in acute cardiology nursing and can offer a range of services
including: ECG monitoring, Inotropic support, Intra-aortic balloon
pumps, CPAP, Telemetry, Temporary pacing wires, arterial lines,
Cardiac rehabilitation and psychological support.
Other members of staff you may meet are:
- Ward Manager (Navy blue uniform)
- Junior sisters/charge nurses (royal blue uniform)
- Band 5 nurses (pale blue uniform)
- Assistant Practitioners (dark green uniform)
- Clinical Support Workers (pale blue uniform)
- Housekeeper (purple uniform)
- Ward Clerk