The Coleman Unit
The Coleman Unit is the new 10 bedded day surgery ward, located on what used to be Ward 8. The Unit has been named after our switchboard operator (and former nurse), Peggy Coleman, who worked for the Trust for many years but unfortunately died in early 2006.
The unit is open from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday and also acts as the central check in point for all adult admissions for the hospital except for those patients who are being admitted to the Rehabilitation Ward or Spinal Injuries Unit.
Due to the nature of the cases nursed on the unit, there is a rapid turnover of patients during the day. Patients are advised to bring in a dressing gown and slippers as those who are able to will be asked to walk to theatre but will be returned to the ward on their bed.
Patients are advised that they cannot drive themselves home after a day surgery procedure and will therefore need to arrange for someone to bring them in and collect them. Those who have undergone day surgery will also need a responsible adult to stay with them for the first 24 hours after their procedure.
Admissions and Discharge Lounge
Attached to The Coleman Unit is the Admissions and Discharge Lounge. If your bed is not yet ready on your 'home' ward at check in, you will be asked to wait in the lounge. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available and the lounge also has a water fountain, but please remember not use these facilities if you are having your operation that day.
The lounge also has 2 examination bays so that patients can be seen and assessed by their surgical team and/or anaesthetist.
Patients who are ready for discharge and whose bed is needed for a new admission may be asked to sit in the Admissions and Discharge lounge whilst they wait for their transport home.