Williamstown Theatre provide an excellent service both to the inpatient and outpatient population of Western Health. The unit are proud to have a dedicated group of people working cohesively to provide a service that not only recognises the cultural diversity of the community but can also address their needs as an individual. Theatres provide immense learning opportunities to everyone within our departments giving staff the opportunity to develop both personally and professionally.
Williamstown Theatre and Day Procedure Unit aspires to uphold the values of Western Health:
Compassion: we care about the people we look after, about the work that we do and we care about each other
Accountability: staff understand the responsibility when caring for people
Respect: recognition of the need to be courteous, friendly and respectful to everyone at all times
Excellence: the unit strives for excellence in all aspects of work
Safety: to ensure that DPU is a safe place for staff and patients
All patients attending the Williamstown Hospital Theatre must be admitted. Admissions is divided into specific areas for the various medical specialities and different theatres. There is a mixture of both clerical and nursing staff in the Day Procedure Unit / Admissions area.
All patients, including those who are going directly to the wards, are first seen by the clerical staff to make sure that all paper work is completed in accordance with hospital policy.
The patient will be met by a member of the nursing team who will monitor the patient from admission to discharge and who will make sure that they receive the right care whilst at Western Health.
Nursing staff will talk with the patient about their medical condition to make sure that nothing has changed significantly since the patient was consented for their procedure.
It is important to remember that ALL patients who have any form of sedation must be escorted home by a responsible adult. This person is required to stay with the patient for twenty-four hours following the procedure.
Most patients walk to theatre, however, if needed, patients can be transported using a hospital trolley. All patients will be dressed in a gown, theatre hat and 2 pairs of overshoes prior to going to theatre.
Patients who are well enough to go home after their surgery/ procedure on the same day come to DPU which is located on lower west ward. Chung's modified scoring system is used to determine whether a patient is ready to go home post operatively. Everyone is treated on an individual basis unless the doctor/surgeon has specified particular instructions to be followed. The nurse caring for this patient is responsible for contacting the friend/relative to collect the patient.
All patients will be discharged from Lower West ward.
Prior to discharge, patients will receive from the Discharge nurse their post-operative care information; follow up appointments and an education pamphlet. Once the patient is ready and a friend/relative has arrived they will then be discharged.