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Whitbread Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU)

About Whitbread Ward Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU)

Ward Manager Lisa Carey
Matron Lesley Cowley
Telephone 01234 730601 or contact the switchboard on 01234 355122 Ext. 5561

Whitbread Ward is situated on the ground floor of the main ward block. Its entrance is opposite the entrance to Cygnet Wing.

The surgical assessment unit is a 12-bedded unit compromising of two bays, one for male patients, one female patients and two side rooms. The SAU looks after patients with general surgical, vascular and urology symptoms. It is open 24 hours per day every day of the year.

The surgical assessment unit admits emergency surgical patients to the hospital who have been referred via A&E or their GP. When patients arrive on the SAU they will be evaluated by skilled staff and, following assessment, will either be able to be discharged home or will be transferred to the main hospital.

Privacy and Dignity

For more information about how the hospital is working to eliminate mixed-sex sleeping, toilet and washing facilities, please visit the privacy and dignity pages of the website.

Visiting Times

Visiting times on the ward are 2pm to 4.30pm and 6.15pm to 8.15pm. Visiting is not permitted between 4.15pm and 6.30pm unless by prior arrangement and agreement with ward staff. This is to ensure patients have uninterrupted time in which to eat their evening meal. All visiting outside designated visiting hours must be agreed with the nurse in charge.

Please be aware that, for health and safety reasons, flowers and plants are not permitted on the ward, and only two visitors are permitted per bed.

If you would like to assist with the care of your relative outside of normal visiting hours, please speak to the nurse in charge.

Where to find us

The Whitbread Surgical Assessment Unit can be found on the third floor of the ward block and is served by the Main Reception located on Kempston Road.

Please see it on the map below with the reference number 31.

Bedford Hospital Map

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Whitbread Ward

Ward Name

Whitbread Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU)

Mobile Devices

Allowed

Wifi

No