The Cardiac Care Unit provides care for patients with acute myocardial infarcation, acute coronary syndrome, arhythmias and people requiring pacemakers. It also cares for those requiring cardiac telemetry, those requiring Intra Aortic Balloon Pump support and post angiography/angioplasty care, as well as medically treated cardiac conditions.
Patients are admitted directly from the community and due to the critical nature of these conditions may be cared for in a mixed sex bay until their condition allows movement into single sex bays. Each single sex bay has a designated single sex toilet and washing facilities adjacent to the bay.
Visiting times are between 10.45am to 12.15pm, 2pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 8pm daily. This allows patients protected mealtimes the rest required and time for investigations, nursing and medical care. For patient comfort and well being, we ask that only two people at a time visit each patient.
If you have any concerns or difficulties with regard to the above visiting hours, please speak to the Nurse in Charge who will be happy to discuss this with you further.
Mobile phones are not permitted at any time due to possible interference with the Unit's equipment.
Being an acute area, we advise against young children being brought to visit. However, individual circumstances regarding this and visiting times can be discussed with a member of nursing staff.
The Cardiac Care Unit is on level 1 of Battle Block. It is reached through Cardiology Outpatients at the North Block end of the main corridor.
Matron: Chris Penhale
Charge Nurse: Darren McGregor
Every opportunity will be made to maintain your right to privacy and dignity. If you have any concerns please speak to the nurse in charge.
The unit is a high care environment with a higher ratio of nurses to patients than on a general ward. There is monitoring equipment above each bed. This is normal for this kind of unit and enables nursing staff to constantly monitor heart rhythms and other important signs, such as blood pressure and oxygen levels. Information is sent to a central monitor so staff can still see this even when not at the bedside. There are alarms on the equipment that may sound from time to time ‑ they do not always indicate a problem so try not to worry.
Cardiac Care Unit
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Reading RG1 5AN
0118 322 6528