Everyone working in the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. If you agree, your relatives, friends and carers will be kept up to date with the progress of your treatment. If you do not agree, please inform the ward staff on arrival on the ward. If you require to inspect your medical records, please speak to the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse.
Guide dogs are welcome to accompany visitors on most occasions, but there may be certain wards where, due to the nature of the patients, guide dogs cannot visit. Please ring the ward before you make your journey.
The Trust operates a smokefree policy which applies to all buildings and grounds. We understand the difficulties experienced by many smokers when refraining from smoking even for a short time so to make your hospital stay more comfortable and to avoid nicotine cravings, we recommend you bring Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) with you on admission. Emergency admissions will be provided with a limited supply from the Trust.
Clinical Teaching of Students
During your stay in hospital you will meet many staff who will help you with your progress. It would be impossible to train future members of the health profession without your help and cooperation.
This is a hospital where such staff are trained and patients, therefore, play a very important part in teaching work.