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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cardiothoracic Services

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Life on the Coronary Care Unit (CCU)

Admissions to the Coronary Care Unit

All admissions to the Coronary Care Unit are emergencies, and so unplanned. Family and friends are asked to stay in the waiting area until the patient is in a stable condition. We have a small relatives' room for visitors, where information about health issues and organisations associated with patient care is displayed.

On admission, staff may need to perform a test or procedure that requires the patient not to eat or drink anything. As soon as this is over they will be allowed to eat and drink again.

Patients are placed on 'bed rest' until staff feel that it is safe for them to move around by themselves: a nurse will take care of their needs while they have to stay in bed.

Due to the small size of the CCU (nine beds only), and the emergency nature of admissions, we are unable to offer same-sex accommodation: however, we make sure that patients' privacy and dignity are respected at all times.

Most patients admitted to the CCU spend 24 - 48 hours there, and are then transferred to other wards at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Staff on the Coronary Care Unit

The Coronary Care Unit (CCU) has a Ward Manager and a team of nurses who specialise in the care of patients with heart conditions. Nurses wear name badges which give their job titles. A Matron and Deputy Matron manage the ward areas, ensuring high standards are maintained.

Whenever a healthcare professional sees a patient on the CCU they should explain what they are doing or plan to do. Patients are encouraged to ask questions if they do not understand.

The John Radcliffe Hospital is a training hospital for doctors, and student doctors often take part in the ward rounds. If a patient or relative is not happy for them to be there, the student will be asked to leave.

If you would like to find out 'who's who' on the CCU, please see the ward notice board, where the names and pictures of the staff on the ward are displayed.

Visitors

Visitors are welcome any time apart from:

  • 1.00pm - 3.00pm: patients' rest period

Due to the size of the unit we request that only two visitors are allowed at the bedside at one time. Please also be aware that other patients may be feeling very unwell and need to rest in peace and quiet.

Unfortunately we cannot allow any flowers on the ward, to help prevent the spread of infection. Visitors must also use the hand rub at the entrance to the ward on arrival and on leaving.

Meals

Meals are served at the following times:

  • Breakfast: 8.00am
  • Lunch: 12.00 midday
  • Dinner: 5.00pm

If a patient is on a special diet or therapeutic diet, the ward staff will contact our hospital dietitian to make arrangements.