Our Wards - Whiston Hospital - Ward 4B - Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU)
The Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU) is based at Ward 4B, Whiston Hospital, and is a 32 bedded Surgical/GP Assessment and Elective Surgery Ward.
Patients are referred to the Surgical Assessment Ward from the following areas the Accident and Emergency Department (AED), GPs, Walk-in Centres to undergo further assessment.
On arrival to the SAU, patients will be reviewed by a doctor and following further assessment a plan of care will be commenced.
The GP service on Ward 4B is co-ordinated by a senior nurse and a surgical doctor. All patients referred to the unit are given strict appointment times.
During your appointment you will be assessed and a treatment plan made. At this stage in your journey it does not necessarily mean you will be admitted into hospital.
Ward 4B is extremely busy due to a high volume of patients. To ensure the health and safety of patient’s staff and visitors can we please ask you to keep the number of people accompanying you to a minimum.
We have elective patients from specialities- Colorectal, General Surgery, ENT, Breast, Vascular and Urology.
The nursing staff work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team including nurse specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and the pain team. Utilising these other members ensures that patients and relatives on 4B receive the highest possible standard of care.
The nursing team on 4B are highly skilled, friendly and dedicated to providing high quality care to patients and families.
- Contacting the Ward
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Visiting Restrictions Remain In Place Across Our Hospitals
From 19 July 2021:
Visiting remains suspended at our hospitals including in A&E with the following exceptions:
- Patients receiving end of life care
- A parent / responsible adult visiting a child
- Carer supporting a patient with mental health issue such as dementia, learning disabilities or specific rehabilitation needs
- Maternity - one birth partner permitted to attend appointments, throughout labour and limited post-natal visiting
Any visiting must be agreed with the nurse / midwife in charge of the ward / department BEFORE coming to the hospital.
No other visitors are permitted to visit any other ward / department at any time.
Thank you for your co-operation at this time.
- Personal Storage
We only have a limited amount of storage space, so please try not to bring too many things with you. It is not advisable to bring valuables or large sums of money into hospital as we cannot be held liable for any loss or damage to your valuables.
- Meals and Drinks
The ward assistant will provide hot drinks at meal times (0730, 1200 and 1700) and also mid-morning, mid-afternoon and pre bed.
If you are on a special diet or therapeutic diet, the ward staff will contact our hospital dietician to arrange this for you. The dietician will also be available Monday-Friday to provide specialist information regarding your diet.
The Hospital has a no smoking policy, which includes the wards (further information). Please switch off any mobile phones within the Hospital.
- Discharge from the Ward
Medications: If you require medications to take home with you, these will be given to you by the ward staff before you leave. Please don't leave without them. It can take a few hours for the Hospital Pharmacy to prepare your medications, so bear this in mind when you arrange a time to leave.
Outpatient appointments: You will be told if an appointment has already been made for you or whether it will follow on in the post.
Transport: Please try to arrange your own transport home from the Hospital. Hospital transport is only available for patients who cannot as a result of their clinical condition use other forms of transport
- Suggestions, comments or complaints
We aim to make your stay with us as pleasant and comfortable as possible, and strive to provide the highest quality of care. If you or your family have any suggestions or comments, please discuss them with the ward manager or nurse in charge, or you can discuss them (or any complaints) with the Patient Advice and Liaison Service.
Alternatively, please fill our comments and suggestions form available in our wards or download here and hand it to any staff member.
To view the Urology/General Surgery Services pages, please click here