Emergency - This department (sometimes called Casualty) is where you're likely to
be taken if you've called an ambulance in an emergency. It's also where you should
come if you've had an accident, but can make your own way to the hospital. These
departments operate 24 hours a day, every day and are staffed and equipped to deal
with all emergencies. Patients are assessed and seen in order of need, usually with
a separate minor injuries area supported by nurses.
Medicine - Led by consultant physicians specializing in geriatric medicine, this
the department looks after a wide range of problems associated with the elderly. This
o stroke medicine
o locomotor (movement) problems
o continence problems
o syncope (fainting)
o bone disease
General surgery - The general surgery ward covers a wide range of surgery and includes:
o day surgery
o thyroid surgery
o kidney transplants
o colon surgery
o laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
o breast surgery
Obstetrics and Gynaecology - These departments investigate and treat problems of the female urinary
tract and reproductive organs, such as endometritis, infertility, and incontinence. They also provide a
the range of care for cervical smear screening and post-menopausal bleeding checks. These units provide
maternity services such as:
o antenatal and postnatal care
o prenatal diagnosis unit
o maternal and fetal surveillance
Overseen by consultant obstetricians and gynecologists, there is a wide range of attached staff linked
to them, including specialist nurses, midwives, and imaging technicians.
Care can include:
o general inpatient and outpatient treatment
o colposcopy, laser therapy or hysteroscopy for abnormal cervical cells
o psychosexual counseling
o recurrent miscarriage unit
o early pregnancy unit
Nephrology -This department monitor and assesses patients with kidney (renal) problems.
Nephrologists (kidney specialists) will liaise with the transplant team in cases of kidney transplants. They
also, supervise the dialysis day unit for people who are waiting for a kidney transplant or who are unable
to have a transplant for any reason.
Critical care - Sometimes called intensive care, this unit is for the most seriously ill patients. It has a relatively small number of beds and is manned by specialist doctors and nurses, as well as by consultant anesthetists, physiotherapists, and dietitians. Patients requiring intensive care are often transferred from other hospitals or from other departments in the same hospital.