The cardiothoracic bed base is split between Wards 26 and 27. There are 14 higher observation beds between the 2 wards. You will be cared for on either Ward 26 or 27. The higher observation beds and ward bays are single sex.
Following your operation you will be transferred to the post anaesthesia unit located on the intensive care unit (CICU1) immediately following your operation. You will be woken up on the unit and the breathing tube removed as soon as we are able. You will remain on the recovery unit overnight attached a cardiac monitor and will also have drains and lines in. You will either be transferred to a bed in the intensive care unit if you need to stay on the unit, or to a higher observation bed on Ward 26 or 27.
Following your operation you will be transferred to the theatre recovery unit. Here you will wake up and be cared for until you are ready to return to the ward. In the majority of cases, you will be transferred to the higher observation area of Ward 26 or 27.
When higher observation level care is no longer required you will be transferred to a bed on the main ward of Ward 26 or 27. Sometimes you will be asked to move beds to accommodate the single sex accommodation rules or if a patient requires isolation for infection.