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Division of Surgery

The Division of Surgery includes all our adult theatre departments, surgical wards, general intensive care, surgical and trauma assessment unit, out patient clinics and pre-operative assessment department, as well as the services at the Eye Hospital and the Dental Hospital.

For more information on adult theatres, including those at South Bristol Community Hospital, Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary and St Michael’s, have a look at our theatres page.

Our in-patient surgical wards are based in the Bristol Royal Infirmary Queen’s building and the adjacent new block, along with our 21 bedded General Intensive Care Unit.

Wards A602 and A604 house our Trauma and Orthopaedics Department, with our fracture clinic in A312. There is a strong multi-disciplinary focus in T&O, with nurses working closely with the Allied Health Professionals, the ortho-geriatric team and the clinical nurse specialists. Our admissions are mainly emergencies plus our elective specialist limb reconstruction surgery. Every day is different as you never know who is going to come through the doors. We have a wealth of expertise in post-trauma rehabilitation to achieve maximum independence for our patients. Often our patients come with a range of medical co-morbidities requiring complex discharge planning. These are wards where you get the best of both worlds, managing medical conditions such as dementia while delivering post-operative surgical care.

Ward A800 is our specialist gastro-intestinal (upper, lower and hepato-biliary) surgical ward. Thoracic, ear-nose-and-throat, and maxillo-facial specialism patients are based on ward A700. Both wards receive a combination of planned and emergency admissions, as well as transfers out from intensive care, who can become acutely unwell requiring intense nursing support. We are a tertiary referral centre for all these specialisms so see highly complex patients from across the South West.

The Surgical and Trauma Assessment Unit on A609 has a combination of inpatient beds and an ambulatory seated area and takes direct GP admission patients as well as the emergency department referrals, creating plenty of variety to every shift. Often with a rapid turnover of patients, nurses on STAU develop keen assessment skills with expertise in a variety of specialisms.

All of the surgical wards are supported by our dynamic practice education facilitator who co-ordinates and organises structured teaching programmes as well as informal ward based teaching whilst working along side staff.

A600 General Intensive Care combines level 2 and level 3 patients in its state of the art facilities which include an advanced clinical information system. The unit receives admissions following major operations such as oesophagectomies, as well as critical emergencies from elsewhere in the hospital, cardiac cath labs or the community. Nurses here gain skills in mechanical ventilation, continuous haemofiltration, inotropic support, nurse-led extubation, and acute pain management.

The Division of Surgery is committed to patient safety and quality, patient-focussed care. We value the dedication and hard-work of our nurses and seek to develop our staff to achieve their full potential.

Benjamin Trumper, our recruitment lead, can provide further information on all our vacancies and can put you in touch with the best person to find out more from. You can contact Ben by email Benjamin.Trumper@UHBristol.nhs,uk or by calling 0117 342 4955

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