|During your stay|
We look forward to welcoming you to our hospital.
Your admitting nurse will discuss the admission process with you, including any relevant medical information and will endeavour to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
When you arrive at Wakefield, you will be greeted at reception and then taken to your bed and shown the Ward facilities. A nurse will take your blood pressure, heart rate and temperature and will also discuss any relevant medical information with you i.e. allergies, medications and medical history. You will be asked to change into a theatre gown and you may also be given a ‘pre-medication’ before going to the operating theatre. A ‘pre-medication’ is a tablet or tablets to relax you if you are nervous, or to help with your pain relief after the operation. Your nurse will then accompany you to the operating theatre.
Once your surgery is complete our recovery-room staff will take care of you until you are ready to return to your room. If you are having complex surgery you may be transferred directly from theatre to our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or High Dependency Unit (HDU) where you will be closely monitored.
Primary responsibility for your care is with your specialist, however Wakefield Hospital provides a doctor on duty after hours, 7 days a week. In addition, full-time cardiology specialists are on call 24 hours per day.
We welcome enquiries from you and your support people about your treatment at any time.
We encourage children to bring their favourite toys with them. A visit in advance of their admission is recommended so that they will be familiar with the hospital when they are admitted.
If you are a parent or caregiver, you may stay with your child overnight if you wish. Please arrange this with our admissions staff as soon as possible.
Trainee doctors, nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists
Throughout the year Wakefield Hospital is visited by trainee doctors, nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists. An essential part of their training is contact with patients, which occurs only under the direct supervision of senior staff or consultants. Such contact, obviously, requires the support and consent of the patients involved and this is very much appreciated by trainees and senior staff. Your consent for trainees to be present will always be sought prior to any consultation or treatment.