Ward 10 is a busy 32 bed ward uniquely managing both trauma and elective patients. The environment is bright, light and modern and we pay particular attention to infection control standards due to our mix of patients. We have a vibrant team who are dedicated to providing a high standard of care and are constantly seeking ways to improve their practise.
We admit patients for elective joint replacements and run a Joint School for the patients and carers prior to them coming to the ward. This enables us to educate our patients and those who will be supporting them on discharge about their proposed surgery. This stops them feeling so anxious, introduces the team to the patients and makes sure they are prepared at home for their return. Patients are mobilised on Day 0 if possible and most are discharged between Day 1 and 3.
Trauma patients can arrive on the ward 24/7 with a range of injuries caused by falls and other accidents. Often they will have comorbidities which may influence their recovery period. Never quite knowing what sort of patient is going to come in through the doors keeps the job interesting and provides a professional challenge.
The nursing team on the ward consists of Registered General Nurses, Registered Nursing Associates and Healthcare Assistants. This team is in turn supported by Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Consultant Teams, Service Managers and other visiting professionals.
We have a large therapy room on the ward and a pleasant garden area for staff and patients.
As a team, we are very open with each other and believe that every member of staff has something to offer. We are always looking for ways to innovate and improve and all staff members should feel they have a voice. Some recent developments on the ward include the following:
- Recent investment in clinical equipment to help free up nurses to spend more nursing time at the bedside but also radios for patients, sensory items for dementia patients and walkie talkies improve communication between nurses, releasing time to care
- Donations of photographs from a local artist to improve the ward environment
- We became the first ward to roll out the GM Synergy Project - a coaching-style practice placement model based upon coaching ideologies with a strong emphasis on patient-centred care - to our nursing students.