Colne Ward is a Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit.
The ward normally receives patients from theatre following heart or lung surgery.
Patients are admitted to the Colne Ward because their condition requires constant monitoring or treatment that cannot be performed on general wards. They may also need complex equipment and medicines to support normal body functions such as breathing, heart function or kidney function.
Patients have a dedicated nurse caring for them on every shift and there is also an Experienced Senior Nurse in charge of the ward who oversees the patients care and gives advice and support to all the staff. The medical team is made up of Consultant Cardiothoracic surgeons and Consultant Anaesthetists who lead a team of Junior Doctors.
The nursing team is led by the Critical Care Manager and is split into teams each headed by a Senior Sister. The nurses are supported by health care assistants, who are able to perform basic nursing tasks. They usually help the staff nurses with washing and moving patients as well as general household tasks. Physiotherapists visit the unit every day. They may treat a patient to clear up a chest infection or help patients to gently exercise their limbs to help them stand, walk and sit in chairs.
Radiographers take X-rays of patients, usually on the unit because the patients cannot often be routinely taken to the X-ray department. Pharmacists are involved in monitoring patient medicines and making sure that Colne Ward has sufficient supplies of necessary medicines. Dieticians ensure that each patient receives the correct type of food and is receiving enough calories and nutrients.
We ask that relatives do not ring between 8am and 9am. This allows the nurses to thoroughly assess and care for their patients at this busy time.
We also ask families to nominate one member to be responsible for calling us on a daily basis for updated information about their relative. This person can then pass on details to other family members. This helps the team look after the patient by preventing too many phone calls which take the nurse away from the bedside.
We try to answer calls as promptly as possible, but we ask you to understand that there may be a delay if we are busy.
Number of Beds: 22 (14 Intensive Care beds and 8 High Dependency beds)
Senior Sister: Sian Morgan
Telephone number: 01268 524900 / 0845 155 3111 ext 4272/4273
Location: The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC), Basildon University Hospital
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:49