Directions: From the main entrance, turn right at main reception and enter Borough Wing. Take the lift to the 8th floor. Go through the set of double doors and Samaritan ward is on your right.
Samaritan ward specialises in looking after patients with different types of cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. It also has dedicated rooms for patients having bone marrow transplants.
On your admission to Hedley Atkins unit a member of staff will swab various parts of your skin to check for MRSA. This is done for every patient when they arrive, and it helps to prevent and control infections in our hospitals.
Number of beds: 25 beds; 8 single rooms and 3 with en suite bathroom. The single rooms will generally be allocated to patients having bone marrow transplants, newly diagnosed patients and those with infections who need to be cared for in isolation.
Information for visitors
Visiting hours are 2pm - 8pm, with no more than 2 visitors per patient at one time.
As most of our patients are prone to infections due to their treatment, we ask friends and relatives not to visit if they have coughs, colds or any other infections. For the same reason, we do not recommend small children visit the ward.
Also to the reduce the risk of infections, please do not sit on the beds or bring in cut or potted fresh flowers.
You can use your mobile phone on the ward, but please respect other patients while using it, especially when they may be asleep. Please make sure that it is kept on silent mode at all times. There is also a payphone outside the unit.
There are unisex visitor toilets ouside the ward. Please use these rather than the patients' toilets.
You can bring your friend or relative's belongings from home. These are your responsibility. Please keep clutter to a minimum so we can clean easily.
Your care on the ward
Our welcome pack
We provide more information about your stay in our welcome pack. This contains a welcome booklet, which explains what to expect during your stay and what will happen on the day you are ready to leave hospital.
It also includes things to help make your stay as comfortable as possible, such as ear plugs, an eye mask, hand wipes, toothpaste, a toothbrush and non-slip socks.
You will be seen daily by a specialist registrar (senior doctor). The specialist registrar is assisted by 3 junior doctors who are based on the ward. The consultant ward rounds take place on Mondays and Thursdays.
The meeting your ward team page gives more information about the general ward routine.
Breakfast - 8am - 9am
Lunch - 12 noon - 12.30pm
Dinner - 5pm - 5.30pm
We have a 'protected mealtime' policy between 12noon - 2pm so you can eat without being interrupted.
We have a selection of hot and cold snacks available for patients at any time, which includes crisps, cakes and beans on toast. Please ask your nurse if you would like any of these.
Hot drinks are always available from the tea trolley, in the corridor outside the kitchen. This is free for patients, but we ask visitors to make a small donation. Our catering assistant will also do a tea round in the morning and in the afternoon.
If your visitors bring in food or drink for you, this can be stored in the ward fridge. Please note we cannot re-heat this food for you.
See our meals page for more information.
Facilities on the ward
The Hospedia (formerly patientline) service by your bed offers a radio that you can use for free and a television, which you have to pay for. It also offers a telephone.
Tell us what you think
We hope your stay is as pleasant as possible. If you or any of your visitors have a question or compliment or concern, please: