Patients with lung, colorectal or brain tumours are normally admitted to this ward. However, due to
patient flow, we often have all cancer types being admitted to the ward. Patients can be admitted for radiotherapy, chemotherapy, investigations or treatment related toxicities.
Ward 4 is a twenty two-bedded ward separated into male and female rooms. To
divide our nursing workload and give continuity of care, the ward is normally
divided into three teams. Most week days, we have five registered nurses (staff
nurses) and one unregistered nurse (clinical support worker) on duty, with the
Charge Nurse coordinating the ward. In the charge nurses absence there is always
a registered nurse who is identified as being in charge. During the nightshift,
we usually have two registered nurses and one unregistered nurse on duty.
We are a team of professional and compassionate nurses. We always respect
each other and never forget about dignity. Our vision is to strive toward the
delivery of excellent care which is evidenced based and patient focused. Our
standards of care will reflect how we would expect our family and friends to be
Visiting times are from 2-4.30pm and 6.30-8pm everyday.
Please try to keep to these times. This is to allow all patients to have care
delivered whilst maintaining dignity and respect. In addition to this, it allows
for protected mealtimes, meaning that patients meals are uninterrupted thus
helping to prevent reduced nourishment for patients whilst in hospital.
There are situations , when visiting out with these times may be required.
Please talk to the nurse in charge if this is applicable.
The number of visitors is restricted to 2 per patient, not only for patient
comfort but out of consideration for other patients sharing a room.
We are happy to give general information over the phone to identified family
members or friends. However we would appreciate it if families could appoint
someone to do the majority of the phoning and co-ordinate communication on
behalf of other family members.
Please bring all your medicines into hospital with you. These will be used
while you are in the ward and your supply topped up, or any new drugs dispensed
to you when you go home.
Due to limited space on the ward and in lockers, please ensure that excess
belongings are taken home. In addition, please ensure that no valuables are left
with patients. If this is not possible, there is a small safe keeping area in
the ward which can be used on a short-term basis only.
With regret the laundry services cannot cope with the additional pressures of
patient laundry. There are no facilities on the ward to ensure the effective
washing of soiled linen. If possible please arrange for linen to be taken home
to be washed.
A television room and lounge is located at the entrance to ward 3. This area
is shared between ward 3 and ward 4 and their family members.
The hospital operates a non-smoking policy within hospital buildings. The
balconies in the oncology department are also out of bounds for smoking.
Although we understand that this policy is difficult for some, please note that
staff are unable to leave the ward in order to take patients outside.
A trolley library service visits the ward on a regular basis. Please let us
know if you would like to see the selection of books or tapes available.
There is a volunteer shop located on the ground floor of the oncology
department. Opening times are:
Monday - Friday
8:30 - 4:30
6:30 - 8:30
Saturday - Sunday
1 :30 - 4:30
There is also a coffee area in the oncology outpatient department, open from
9 - 4 pm on Mondays to Fridays.
Newspapers can be bought from the volunteer shop and a paper round is made to
each ward every Sunday before lunchtime.
Please do not hesitate to approach a member of staff if you have a concern.
We will be more than willing to help.