"Fantastic care on Woodland Ward"

About: East Surrey Hospital / General surgery

(as the patient),

I went in for a small procedure (ingrown toe nail) in October and stayed on Woodland Ward for a week owing to complications as I have a neurological condition.

From start to finish I was very impressed. The staff on Woodland Ward were very kind, thorough, friendly, efficient and attentive.

My room was regularly cleaned and so was the bathroom and I was impressed that before meals you are given a wipe to eliminate MRSA etc. Gloves/hand sanitisers were used by staff all the time and hygiene/infection control was very apparent and impressive.

I was needing personal care whilst in ie washing/taking to toilet as had very low blood pressure and was feeling very giddy but I was always treated with dignity and kindness which made things so much better. I was showered and amazed they made time for things like that as they are very busy and work so hard.

I was needing care when I came home and they arranged all this so that nurses have been coming out to me and they also gave me items of equipment to make life easier when I got home (toilet frame etc).

I can't fault Woodland Ward, I managed to sleep very well as they allowed you to have your door shut which cut down on noise etc. All the staff on the ward have a very good rapport with each other and was lovely to hear them having some banter, they appeared very happy in their work. Although I felt sick most of the time I was there owing to BP problems, the food I did have was not bad at all even the Porridge!

I am very grateful that I went to Woodland Ward and feel very lucky that I received such good care. Thanks.

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Response from Ian Mackenzie, Director of Information and Facilities, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

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Dear Extremely Happy Patient

Thank you for your comments about Woodland Ward at East Surrey Hospital. I am very pleased that you felt so cared for on the ward and that overall it was such a good exprience.

As it happens I was talking to the Woodland Ward manager earlier today and I know that comments such as yours really help motivate the team and they feel very good to know that all their hard efforts are so appreciated.

Kind regards


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