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Devonshire Ward

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Contact: 01246 51(2372)

Welcome to Devonshire Ward

We are a general surgical ward, consisting of 31 beds with 5 bays and 8 side rooms.

We cater for both male and female adults with varieties of pre- and post-operative surgical needs, as well as conservative care to prevent someone deteriorating or developing a need for surgery.

 

We receive patients from SAU (Surgical Assessment Unit), HDU (High Dependency Unit), post-surgery and occasional direct Emergency Department admissions.  We also cater for gynaecology and breast care patients who will usually be admitted directly from the Emergency Department.

Our Philosophy

Our aim on Devonshire ward is to deliver a high standard of holistic care in a friendly caring environment.

An essential element is to achieve a good rapport between staff, patients and carers, showing our compassion and our proud to care values.

We aim to provide compassionate care by providing dignity, privacy and kindness to our patients throughout their stay on the ward.

Additional Learning

Please click the links below (in red) for further reading with regards to the types of conditions you might see on Devonshire ward:

Specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal and anal pathology including bowel cancer (colorectal cancer), diverticular disease and inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease).

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Diagnostic techniques and management is something for you to look for whilst on Devonshire ward. It would benefit your learning to research the following diagnostic tests; 

  1. Ultrasound. Ultrasound is the best imaging test for finding gallstones.

  2. Computed tomography (CT) scan.

  3. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

  4. Cholescintigraphy.

  5. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Investigations and management are learning points which may include blood transfusions: these would be a great opportunity for you to watch and be involved in. It is also good for you to discuss the management of these patients with your supervisor, to look for co-morbidities when managing a patient with a bleed. Recent heart attacks may stop you from discontinuing all blood thinners and is an interesting learning topic for you to discuss with the nursing team who will be more than happy to go through this with you.​

The ENT team treat conditions that affect the senses such as hearing and balance disorders or smell and taste problems. You'll also treat patients with conditions that affect their voice, breathing and swallowing as well as those with head and neck tumours.

Maxillofacial surgeons, sometimes called oral and maxillofacial surgeons, are trained to handle a wide variety of conditions and injuries that affect the head, neck, mouth, jaw, and face. 

 

Upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery
is surgery performed to treat pathologies of the oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, spleen, bile duct and gall bladder.


The upper gastrointestinal (GI) includes the oesophagus (the food pipe), the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) and stomach.
A doctor might recommend upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery if a patient suffers from symptoms including bloating, abdominal pain, heart burn, swallowing difficulties and acid regurgitation. The condition is first evaluated using diagnostic techniques to find the underlying conditions.

Gynaecological surgery refers to surgery on the female reproductive system usually performed by gynaecologists. It includes procedures for benign conditions also; cancer, infertility, and incontinence here are many reasons why a woman might need to undergo gynaecology surgery. She may need treatment for a condition such as endometriosis, fibroids (benign tumours), ovarian cysts, cancer, chronic pelvic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine prolapse or abnormal bleeding.

Points of contact

Matron

Sue Shore

Sisters

Amanda Hickson & Penny Pinnick

LEMs

Leanne Jones: leanne.jones7@nhs.net

Yasmin Brocklehurst: yasmin.brocklehurst1@nhs.net

Ward Contact Number: 

01246 51(2372)

Student Handbook

Surgery

We hope you enjoy your time with us, I’m sure you will find many learning opportunities as well as you bringing skills to the wards.  Don’t hesitate to contact any of the LEMs or the practice learning centre for help or advice.

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