Directions: from main North Wing entrance, turn left at main reception and follow signs for East Wing. Once inside East Wing take the lift up to the 9th floor.
The Vascular Unit at St Thomas' consists of two wards - Luke Ward and Sarah Swift Ward in East Wing.
- Number of beds: 33, including bays of four beds and individual side rooms with ensuite shower room.
- Staff: 32 nurses, including one ward sister and one deputy ward sister, doctors and surgeons, pharmacist, housekeeping and catering teams, porter and a ward clerk.
Information for visitors
- Visiting hours are 2pm-8pm, with no more than two visitors per patient at one time.
- To reduce the risk of infection, please do not sit on the beds.
- Flowers are not allowed for infection control reasons.
- 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 at all times.
Your care on Sarah Swift 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 8.30am. Nurses do drug administration rounds at 8am, 12 noon, 6pm and 10pm. Please try not to disturb nurses doing drug rounds – there will be other staff who can help you. If you can't see another member of staff, please press your bedside buzzer for assistance.
The meeting your ward team page gives more information about the general ward routine.
- breakfast: 8am
- lunch: 12 noon
- dinner: 5.30pm
We have a 'protected mealtime' policy between 12 noon - 2pm so you can eat without being interrupted.
Hot drinks are always available from the tea trolley, 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: