The following information will tell you a little about life on the ward.
Meaningful activities are essential to your recovery. You may feel like staying in bed and resting, but this is not the best or healthiest choice to make. We encourage people not to stay in bed or isolated in their own rooms. We will encourage you to develop a weekly planner of things that keep you focused and well.
Take place on a regular basis. They give you an opportunity to meet with staff and other patients to discuss and resolve issues on the ward.
A domestic service is provided to keep the ward clean and tidy. We encourage you to take responsibility for keeping your room clean, as well as helping keep the ward tidy (with help if needed) to prepare you for discharge. There are laundry facilities for you to wash your own clothes.
Breakfast, lunch, evening meal and a light supper are provided on the unit for mums. You will be given a choice of lunch and evening meal which will be cooked by the unit housekeeper; you will have to make choices 2 days in advance to ensure supplies are ordered. The unit can cater for special dietary requirements given advance notice.
Bread and cereals are readily available for mums to help themselves to for breakfast. There are also yoghurts, fruit, cake and biscuits for snacks or supper, which mums can help themselves to. Drinks are available 24 hours a day.
When dads are staying they can have supper on the evening they are staying, breakfast and lunch the next day, these also need to be ordered 2 days in advance.
Visitors and children are not catered for; there is a vending machine and the Border Fayre, a patient-run café, open Monday to Friday in the hospital main entrance.
• Breakfast – depending on you or your baby
• Lunch – 12.30pm – 1.30pm
• Evening meal – 5pm – 6pm
Protected meal times
Where there are ward mealtimes, arrangements are in place so you can enjoy your meal without any interruptions. Visitors and staff should not be in the dining room at lunch time, 12.15 pm – 1.15 pm or evening meal time, 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm, but are welcome to use the lounge areas during these times.
Dads may be able to stay overnight on the unit, depending on ward depending on how well or unwell their partner is. This must be planned and agreed by the ward team, ideally 2 days in advance. There is some flexibility but it is not guaranteed permission to stay will be granted at short notice.
Your friends and family, including children, are very welcome to visit. Children visiting are the responsibility of the adult who accompanies them to the unit and must be supervised at all times.
There is an enclosed garden where visiting children can play but they must be supervised.
There is a pay phone on the unit where you can receive and make calls; you can use your mobile, being mindful of other ward occupants.
The hospital has a no smoking policy on all wards and public places. Please do not smoke in any other areas as this can be dangerous and is against Trust policy.
Please ask your visitors to use the main car parks when visiting; there is a charge Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.
The unit side door can only be used for dropping off and picking up, this entrance must be kept clear for emergency vehicles only.
Next of kin are entitled to a free parking permit which allows free parking at all times, see staff to complete appropriate form.
There is a payphone on the ward that can be used for personal calls. You can also use your own mobile phone but it would be appreciated if all patients and visitors care considerate of others and the use of mobile phones is as discreet as possible at all times.
The use of the camera and recording devices within mobiles phones is not allowed without first seeking permission from staff, this is to protect patient confidentiality.
Staff on the unit do not carry their own mobile phones whilst on duty.