Lyndon 5

Lyndon 5 is a medical mixed sex ward with 34 beds which specialises in Gastroenterology and General Medicine. 
The ward is led by a Ward Manager with support from staff nurses, health care assistants and a ward clerk.  The ward has student nurses who work under supervision as well as bank or agency nurses who work within 
the ward team from time to time depending on staffing levels. 

We have four consultants who are supported by a team of doctors responsible for patient care. The nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and occupational therapists work in teams in order to concentrate on the 
delivery of patient care.

Each patient is under the care of a senior doctor, known as a consultant.  Working with the consultants is a house officer (junior doctor), senior house officer and a variety of registrars and staff grades.  The consultants on Lyndon 5
Dr N Trudgill
Dr C Cobb
Dr S Singhal
Dr I Mohammed

The Nursing Team
You will be allocated a trained nurse and nursing auxiliary for the bay or side room that you are in. They will introduce themselves at the start of their shift. They also wear name badges to help you identify them.

The ward manager for Lyndon 5 is Debbie Fretwell. The senior sister is Sarah Whitcombe.

Other Healthcare Professionals
Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapists also visit the unit to see patients and talk with carers and relatives.

Hospital Macmillan Nurse
The hospital Macmillan nurse service supports patients, their families and carers, who are experiencing cancer in their lives from  the  time  of  diagnosis  to  any  stage  of  the  disease.  If  you  feel  you  would  benefit  from  their  support,  please ask the nursing staff to arrange a visit.

Social Worker
If  any  practical  or  domestic  difficulties  arise  due  to  you  being  in  hospital  or  if  you  are  worried  about  how  you  will manage when you get home, the hospital social worker may be able to help, just ask the nursing staff for further help.

You  may  also  have  contact  with  members  of  staff  from  other  areas  who  may  not  have  specific  uniforms  eg, pharmacist,  dietician,  social  workers,  discharge  co­ordinators.  Please feel free  to  ask  to  see  their identification/name badges if you wish.

All our staff wear identity badges saying who they are and what they do. You can ask to see their I.D before they examine you.

Please feel free to share your experience of being a patient on Lyndon 5. Please e-mail your views to

You and your family/friends will be welcomed by a member of our friendly staff who will then take you to your allocated bed and you will be nursed in either an all male or female bay. The nurses will introduce you to the ward and routine, with your consent a series of assessments will be completed about your general health, checking your blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration, obtaining urine sample, measure your height and weighing you.  You will be kept up to date with your treatment plan during your stay on the ward.

Your name and the name of your consultant will be displayed on the board above your bed.

If at any time you need a nurse, press the large orange button on the bedside handset.  A red light will appear, and at the same time a bell will ring intermittently until the nurse turns it off. 

Please be aware that the Trust is now a smoke free NHS. Smoking is not permitted in any building or within the grounds of any of our sites. You can smoke in specified smoking shelters outside the hospital building, speak to your ward staff for details. Information and support is available to any patients who wish to stop smoking. Nicotine replacement therapy is available to help reduce your cravings during your stay.
The Trust has a Zero Tolerance policy toward violence, threatening behaviour, physical, verbal, racial abuse or discrimination against/by staff, patients or visitors.    
Patient ID Bracelets
Patient ID Bracelets are worn to ensure correct identification and safeguard misidentification errors before undergoing any procedures, such as, receiving medication or taking you to the Theatre.

Only the following information will be recorded onto the ID bracelet:

1. Last Name
2. First Name
3. Date of Birth
4. Patient’s Hospital Number or NHS number (when available)
5. NHS Number (when available)
6. Gender

Should the ID bracelet become illegible or be removed, please let staff know.   
Life on the Ward


Meal times on the ward are as follows:
Breakfast:      8.00 am  
Lunch/Dinner:    12.00 pm
Supper:      5.00 pm 

You will be asked to choose your meal either in the morning or the night before. If you have any special requirements, or can’t see anything on the menu that suits you, please tell the ward staff.  Special menus are available on request; these include vegetarian, kosher, afro-Caribbean and halal meals.

We prefer that patients and visitors do not bring any food items into the hospital, however you may discuss with the nursing staff ‘safe foods’ which may be brought into the Hospital. Food items must not be stored in or on the patients locker except for recommended ‘Safe Foods’ that nursing staff have agreed to with patients/visitors.

The Trust does not allow or provide facilities for re-heating food and regretfully does not allow drinks to be served to relatives/visitors paid or unpaid.

Ward Rounds
Ward rounds will take place at approximately 8.00 am. We invite you to share your opinions and where previously arranged, your family can to listen to the treatment that is to be planned.  
Leaving the Ward
The nurses caring for you are responsible for your safety and well-being during your stay. If you wish to leave the ward, please tell one of the nurses where you are going. 
Keeping mobile
Unless you are medically advised not to, it is advisable to move around regularly to encourage circulation, prevent stiff joints and reduce the risk of pressure sores.

Drug Rounds
Please tell us if you are taking any regular medications, and if you have brought them with you, please pass them to a member of staff who will store them safely. Nursing staff administer medication regularly, usually before mealtimes and last thing at night. If you need it between these times, please let the nurses know.

Tablets and medications
Some of the tablets used before admission may need to be changed in hospital, others may look different but may contain the same drug that was used at home.  When you leave, we will give you a week’s supply of the tablets you need to keep taking. If you are unsure, please ask one of the nurses.

Pain Relief
If you need pain relief, it is readily available, please ask a member of the nursing staff. Most pain relief is given at meal times, but please let somebody know if your pain is not well controlled.

We have a pain specialist nurse, who can give expert advice to help eliminate pain and make you more comfortable.

It may be difficult to get to sleep in the hospital if you have problems please tell nursing staff, who can advise you, and if needed can give sleeping tablets, or a cup of tea!

Going home
Discharge planning will begin as soon as you arrive in hospital, your nurse will co-ordinate this. This may involve other members of the nursing and medical team.

During your stay, it may be necessary to transfer you to another ward. This depends on the length of your stay and we will try to keep moves to a minimum.

If you can get in a car, we ask you to arrange for a family member or friend to pick you up. If you cannot travel by car or nobody is available to pick you up, we will arrange transport home from the hospital. This may be a hospital car, ambulance or similar depending on your need.

Sickness benefits claim
Please ask one of the nurses if you need a sick certificate for your place of work.

Follow up

If a follow up is necessary, an appointment will come in the post to you at home.  If you have asked to see your GP, please contact your surgery direct.

You will need to bring several things with you to the hospital, or have a friend or relative bring them for you. We suggest you bring:

• Any hygiene products (such as pads)
• Any medicines or tablets you are taking
• Pyjamas or night-dress
• Dressing gown and slippers
• Daywear – tracksuit or comfortable clothes
• Toothbrush and toothpaste
• Soap and deodorant
• Shaving equipment if appropriate
• Sanitary products if appropriate
• A book or magazines
• Spectacles if you need them
• Small amount of change for newspapers or bedside TV and telephone
• Undergarments
• Bath towel and a flannel or sponge
• Tissues or disposable wipes for hand and personal hygiene
• Bottle of squash
• Walking aid – frame, stick, crutches – if you need them

Don’t bring…
• Large amounts of money
• Valuables such as jewellery
• Television or radios
• Alcohol

Lyndon 5 is located on the 5th floor of the main building of Sandwell Hospital.