Issue 24

The Women´s Ward

Newton ward was originally a fourteen bedded mixed ward. It has now become a female only admission and assessment ward. The ward benefits from a high dependency area that could be used to nurse anyone who becomes acutely unwell. They would be nursed separately to the other patients. There have also been some changes to the way property is managed and to some security checks. The ward staff tried to involve the female patients in these decisions.

Newton ward now has its own activity co-ordinator that is ward based. This is a unique role to the ward with the co-ordinator being available three shifts a week out of the main nursing numbers. This allows them to meet the needs of the patients either arranging to do one to one sessions such as escorting patients to gym or café, but also spend time arranging group activities on the ward.