The Unit is the admission suite for
booked orthopaedic and general surgical patients.
Matron: Lynne Buttery
Sisters: Belinda Elba, Melodie Gilbuena, Janet
Mkaka, Anita Abbey-Quaye.
Single sex accommodation: Mixed in the general
reception area, with separate male and female facilities for
consultations and changing.
Visitors: We understand that patients coming in
for surgery are often nervous and prefer to have someone wait with
them. Space in the Unit is limited, so we ask that only one person
accompanies each patient and that they are considerate of other
patients waiting for surgery.
The unit is not suitable for babies or children. As our patients
are nil by mouth when they come to us, eating and drinking by
friends or relatives is discouraged.
What happens in the Unit?
On admission to the Chesterman Unit, nursing staff will greet
you and complete with you the further assessments and paperwork
required in preparation for you to go to theatre.
Nursing staff can only give a very rough estimate of the time
for your surgery as the order of operating lists is liable to
change by theatres, but we will keep you informed if delays are
occurring. Some of the theatre lists are ‘all day lists’ and this
can mean that you are waiting some time before you go to
Patients are admitted to the Unit early in the day so that the
doctors and anaesthetists are able to see them before entering the
theatre suite. In the case of delays, the Chesterman staff will do
their utmost to ensure you can have access to your allocated bed as
soon as possible, but this may take a little time while patients
are discharged from the wards.
You will go to theatre from Chesterman, but will return to a bed
on one of our wards – you will be told which ward before your
operation and will be given the direct phone number for your
Mobile phones: Patients may use mobile phones –
please keep them on silent / vibrate modes and be sensitive to
others around you. Visitors should leave the Unit and use their
phones away from clinical areas.
Nearest car park / how to find us: Multi-storey
pay & display. Take the stairs or lift to level 2. Go through
Main Entrance into Centre Block (signed All Wards and Departments),
turn left at the Welcomers desk into the Centre Block main corridor
and continue through to South Block. At the courtyard with the fish
pond, turn left, then take the lift or stairs up to level 3. Turn
right from the lift or stairs – Chesterman is along the corridor in
front of you.
Drop-off points only are available in the South Block car park,
off Redlands Road. Parking on roads around the hospital is very
limited and has strict time restrictions – please check as the area
is regularly patrolled.
Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust
0118 322 8847/8