The surgical unit offers a complete pathway from pre-operative assessment to inpatient care.

The Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU) provides nurses with the opportunity to work in a fast paced and dynamic surgical unit using skills to assess and care for patients with a wide range of acute surgical conditions.   It is a 12-bedded unit in which patients present with a wide variety of emergency surgical conditions, giving rise to a diverse range of development and learning opportunities. Patients are referred under the care of general surgical, maxillofacial or gynaecological specialities from GP surgeries, other hospitals, outpatient clinics and our emergency department.

Patients receive rapid nurse-led assessment and are stabilised before individual management plans are prepared and delivered to ensure each patient receives the specialist surgical care they need. Patients can be either treated and discharged from SAU or admitted to one of our inpatient wards. 

Ward B4 specialises in both the surgical and gynaecological Enhanced Recovery Programme giving our patients the best possible outcomes following major surgery.

We provide an extensive package and learning opportunities to develop your surgical and gynaecological knowledge working with Nurse Specialists in gynaecological and colorectal surgery including laparoscopic robotic procedures, early pregnancy, uro-gynae and supporting patients in the early stages of pregnancy.

Ward C3 specialies in ear, nose and throat (ENT), and oral maxillofacial (OMF) surgery.  Patients admitted to the ward can be elective or emergencies. The ward has 18 beds which largely consist of single rooms plus 3, 2 bedded bays. The ENT treatment room offers excellent opportunities for developing experience and knowledge within the acute admission environment and there are plenty of opportunities to use clinical judgement and improve nursing skills, including admitting, assessing and treating acutely unwell patients.

With the commencement of the Surgical Fellowship Programme tailored specifically for surgical nurses we aim to support and develop all our staff to a very high standard delivering excellent quality care to all our patients.    We have an exciting future ahead of us in surgery and welcome you to join our team giving you the opportunity to have a happy and rewarding career.   We welcome full time and part time applicants and are happy to discuss flexible working hours.

For more information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Matron Debbie Straw: 01202  44 8652 or