Welcome to Victoria Ward, specialising in the care of patients with acute renal conditions in addition to being an acute medical ward.
The patients are cared for in single sex bays. Each single sex bay has a designated single sex toilet and washing facilities adjacent to the bay.
Renal medicine concerns the function of the kidney. The kidney cleans the blood by removing excess fluid, minerals and wastes. They also make hormones to keep bones strong and blood healthy.
When kidneys fail harmful wastes build up, blood pressure rises and the body may retain excess fluid and not make enough red blood cells.
Kidney failure can be an acute condition or a chronic condition. The acute condition may mean a patient will need haemodialysis until the kidney recovers its normal function. Haemodialysis is a process of cleaning the blood by use of a machine via a special line directly into a large blood vessel.
Some patients do not recover their kidney function for several reasons or it is a gradual process monitored over several months or years. These chronic kidney failure patients will have dialysis 3 times a week at one of the out patient dialysis units, Huntley and Palmer or Old Maids Home based at the hospital.
Some patients opt for another form of dialysis known as Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD). This is a form of dialysis carried out 4-5 times a day by the patient in their own home and they are managed by the nurses based on Albert Ward.
The whole Renal Department works closely together. Some patients with kidney failure come into the ward quite frequently for various reasons and are closely monitored by their consultants both in and out of hospital.
Victoria Ward is located in Battle Block, level two. Enter via the main entrance on Craven road, turn right at the welcome desk. Victoria Ward is down the corridor. Please use the call entry system located on the wall next to the main entrance doors to the ward.
Ward visiting hours: Open visiting
Consultants: Dr M Mohteshamzadeh; Dr N Bhandary; Dr B Alchi; Dr O Flossmann; Dr E Vaux; Dr C Chan; Dr K Bull
Matron: Theresa Matthews
Victoria Ward has 13 dialysis stations. These are used for patients needing dialysis to treat an acute episode of kidney failure, or to treat established dialysis patients who have been admitted for other reasons, but need their dialysis on the ward.
Victoria has an out of hours ‘open door’ policy to patients who experience problems on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis.
Relatives are asked not to sit on the beds for control of infection reasons.
There are 2 relatives rooms just outside the inner doors of the ward. These can be used for relatives who need to stay overnight if a patient is giving cause for concern.
Mobile phones allowed: No
Flowers: one small bunch only.
Patients should bring the following:
Opposite the reception desk on level 2 in the Main Entrance Block.
Level 2, Battle Block
NHS Foundation Trust
Reading RG1 5AN
0118 322 7462 / 8882