When you arrive
Please report to the ward administrator’s office, which is directly outside the lifts. The administrators will check your details and direct you to the day room where you can relax until one of our nurses collects you and explains the plan for the day.
Please feel free to help yourself to a drink from the tea trolley in the corridor while you wait. (Unless you were advised not to eat or drink before coming in for a procedure).
Your nurse will explain the layout of the ward and also talk you through your planned investigations and treatment plan. If you have any questions about either, then please ask the nurse or a doctor who will assess you during your admission to the five-day ward.
The day unit is nurse-led and not all patients will need to see a doctor. However if you are feeling unwell then please ask the nurse looking after you to arrange for a doctor to see you.
If you use oxygen, please ensure that your cylinder is full to allow you to travel to and from the hospital safely. Piped oxygen at the bedside is supplied to patients while on the ward.
If you are with us for the day only
A full day visit can be long, so please be prepared to be at the hospital from 8am to 6pm. If you require investigations, these can take several hours to process and your doctor will be need to wait for these results of these to review your case.
Read more here if you are coming in for host defence workup tests.
If you are coming in overnight
If your admission requires you to stay overnight then you will stay in our five-day ward. It is an open plan area with six beds and an additional three bed area with three side rooms.
The unit is divided into two single sex bays, however if you are worried about your privacy please discuss this with the ward sister.
If you are taking regular medications please bring these with you as we encourage our patients to be self-caring.
Our five-day ward is open 24 hours a day from Monday to Friday and is closed at weekends and bank holidays. There is a TV lounge where you can relax and spend time with visitors.
Visiting hours are from 8am to 8pm.
Read more about what to bring with you if you are staying overnight.
Coming in for a bronchoscopy
If you require a bronchoscopy please be aware that you must have nothing to eat or drink for at least six hours prior to the investigation.
It is normal to be sedated during your bronchoscopy. As a result we do advise that you arrange for a friend or relative to escort you home.
Before your procedure one of our staff will explain to you what will happen and the doctor will ask for your written consent. This is to make sure you understand the procedure and agree to it being carried out.
Lunch: 12 noon
If you have any special dietary needs please advise your named nurse as soon as possible on your arrival.
If you have any questions about your appointment before your admission please contact 020 7352 8121 and ask for extension 4404 or 4250.
If you would like to speak to a nurse please call 020 7352 8121 and ask for extension 4337 or 8909.