Tewkesbury Community Hospital
Lee Iddles (MIIU) & Julie Ellery (Community Hospital)
The restrictions brought in as a result of the Covid pandemic are no longer in place. However, we are still asking all visitors to follow sensible infection prevention and control guidance, including hand washing and use of hand gel. Visitors are already no longer required to carry out lateral flow tests before visiting, however we would ask that anyone with Covid or with symptoms of any respiratory or gastro intestinal illness does not visit, to prevent infecting vulnerable patients and our staff. Face masks are not generally required, however please follow the advice from staff and wear a face mask if you feel more comfortable doing so.
Pre-booking of visits is not required, but please check the arrangements for the ward or unit you are planning to visit before attending, just in case there are particular circumstances to be aware of. Generally, we welcome visitors between 11am and 8pm and, in line with 'John's Campaign', we support the rights of people with dementia to be assisted by their family carers.
SERVICES BASED AT THIS LOCATION
The hospital offers inpatient and outpatient services, a minor injuries unit, x-ray and ultrasound services, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.
Our department offers a friendly and experienced nursing and administration team which runs and supports clinics each day for the local community. The frequency of individual clinics will vary depending on demand.
Our 20 inpatient beds are divided between Abbeyview Ward and the short-stay Community Assessment and Treatment Unit (CATU). All our inpatient beds are supported by a dedicated nursing and therapy team. Please see the ‘Information for inpatients’ section below for further details.
The x-ray department is staffed by dedicated radiographers and supports the wards, minor injuries unit and outpatients clinics as required. It is also available for appointments. You can call and book an appointment if you have a referral from a medical professional.
Please contact the department for opening hours or further information: 0300 421 6106.
Therapists at the hospital
There are occupational therapy and physiotherapy teams based at the hospital, working with inpatients and outpatients.
Visiting times for inpatients
Visiting times are 11am to 8pm
If you need to visit at a different time, please speak to the ward manager prior to your visit and they will help make suitable arrangements. The hospital supports ‘John’s Campaign’, which extends visiting rights for patients with dementia and their carers in hospital.
Information for inpatients
We aim to make each person’s stay with us as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions or concerns during your stay or visit please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the ward team.
The catering department provides choices for patients with specific dietary, religious and ethnic needs. If you have special dietary requirements please let the nursing staff know when you are admitted.
Meal times are:
- Breakfast – 8am
- Lunch – 12:30pm
- Supper – 5:30pm
Drinks and biscuits are brought round morning and afternoon and hot drinks and snacks are provided in the evening, after supper.
Water is available at all times and will be brought to you.
Patients who are rehabilitating will be encouraged to get dressed so we would advise you to bring clothes that can be put on easily, such as track-suit or jogging bottoms or skirts with elasticated waistbands.
Storage space for personal property is limited, so it is helpful if this is kept to a minimum. We are unable to wash patients clothing and will leave this for relatives to take home. Anything that is soiled will be clearly labelled.
We know that family and friends may want to bring in treats for patients. We do not have space to store patients’ own food in our refrigerator, so please speak to a member of staff before bringing items which need chilling.
Religious and spiritual needs
Please talk to the ward staff about any religious or spiritual requirements. You may also wish to inform your own religious or spiritual leader that you are coming into hospital.
A hospital chaplain attends every Tuesday morning and visits the inpatient wards, and at other times as required.
Day Theatre Services
The dedicated day surgery unit provides local access to surgery carried out by consultants from the large hospitals at Gloucester or Cheltenham. Services offered include:
- Ophthalmic (eye surgery, cataracts)
- Trauma and orthopaedics
- General surgery
- Family Planning (run by Marie Stopes)
League of Friends
Tewkesbury Hospital has an active League of Friends. For more information please contact the chairman, Noel Greaves, via the hospital secretary on 0300 421 6100, or by email email@example.com