We have a number of respiratory wards with a differing patient cohorts.
One ward at Royal Stoke University Hospital has been specifically set up to care for patients with respiratory conditions which include asthma, cystic fibrosis, COPD, bronchiectasis, lung cancer, pneumonia, interstitial lung and nurse patients with a tracheostomy and also nurse patients at end of life. We are the North West Midlands area inpatient ward for adults with Cystic Fibrosis and facilitate elective admissions of asthma patients.
The other wards speciality is Pleural conditions. A Pleural Clinic runs from the ward Monday to Friday and sees both inpatients and out patients. Patients are predominantly admitted to the ward from the Acute Medical Unit, but can also come via the Pleural clinic, stepped down from critical care or be transferred from other wards or hospitals. Patient conditions include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, pleural effusion, pneumothorax and lung cancer. There is an opportunity to experience patients with a wide variety of respiratory conditions.
The ward at County Hospital admits patients predominantly from the Acute Medical Unit and is specifically set up to care for patients with respiratory conditions which include asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis, lung cancer, pneumonia and chest infections.
These wards are busy and they strive to work together as a team and manage to maintain a high morale. Staff development is very important on the ward and we encourage all staff to reach their full potential through various training and learning opportunities.
We have a number of staff who have taken the opportunity to work their way up from nursing assistants to becoming qualified members of staff.
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