Welcome to Theatres
We have a team on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Out of hours (17:30-0800, Bank Holidays & Weekends) we cover emergency obstetrics, orthopaedics trauma & general emergencies. We also provide cover for the Emergency Department if the require anaesthetic intervention. Ours staff also escort patients with the anaesthetist & ambulance crews when being transferred to another unit.
1 = Emergencies
2 = General/ Mixed
3 = General/ Colorectal/ Endocrine
4 = MaxFax/ENT
5 = Orthopaedic
6 = Orthopaedic
7 = Orthopaedic
8 = Breast/ ENT/ MaxFax
9 = Gynaecology
10 = Urology/ Gynaecology/ Opthalmic
11 = Emergency Obstetrics
12 = Orthopaedic
Our department comprises of 12 theatres divided into 2 phases and an additional satellite theatre, for opthalmic surgery.
Patient care in the pre-operative setting
Understanding the roles of 'circulating person', 'scrub person' & 'anaesthetic practitioner'
Practicing correct scrubbing, gowning & gloving technique (always fun!!!)
The development & understanding of surgical procedures
Observing anaesthetic procedures
Assisting the anaesthetic practitioner
Tracking a patient and their journey (Reception -> Theatre -> Recovery)
Assisting the team to clean and prepare the theatres
Safe disposal of surgical equipment
Participate as part of the team
Act professionally at all times
Adhere to the NMC standards
Identify yourself as a student
Wear your ID badge at all times
Respect the wishes of patients
Always work under the supervision of a registered practitioner (nurse/ODP)
Always adhere to theatres uniform policy (blue scrubs & hat with hair tucked in completely).
The following graphic represents the nursing procedures that will be encountered in this placement area, according to the Annexe B section of the Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (2018).
Green: Encountered frequently/daily
Amber: Encountered occasionally/rarely
Red: Never encountered