8th floor, Borough Wing
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT
Tel: 020 7188 8854
Fax: 020 7188 4254
Matrons: Claire Bluemel, Catherine Collins and Nicola Clack
Ward sister: Michaela Lawrence
Download the Hedley Atkins Unit map (PDF 44Kb)
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 Hedley Atkins unit is on your left.
Hedley Atkins unit specialises in looking after cancer and sickle cell patients.
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.
- Staff: 45 nurses and seven health care assistants.
Information for visitors
- Visiting hours are 2pm-8pm, with no more than two 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, but please speak to the nurse in charge if this affects you
- 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.
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.
Ward rounds generally start at 9am. The meeting your ward team page gives more information about the general ward routine.
- Breakfast - 8.30am
- Lunch - 12 noon
- Dinner - 6pm
We have a 'protected mealtime' policy between 12noon-1pm so you can eat without being interrupted.
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.
See our meals page for more information.
Facilities on the ward
There is a day room for you and your visitors to use. Please respect the area and keep it clean.
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: