The Trust


Ward 3 is a 28 bedded ward, situated on the first floor of Macclesfield District General Hospital and treats both male and female patients with acute medical conditions, specialising in gastroenterology.
Patients are admitted from Accident and Emergency, the Egerton Unit or direct from outpatient clinics. Acute admissions from to the ward are seen within 24 hours on a ward round by the consultant “on call” for that “take day”.

Healthcare assistant pouring water for a patient

The staff on Ward 3 aim to provide a high quality service in a safe environment where the needs of each patient are cared for in a professional and holistic manner by using all available specialist knowledge and skills. The wellbeing of all our patients relies on appropriate and timely assessment, investigation, treatment and care. The aim is to promote optimum health through good communication, teaching and provision of adequate information.

The unit

Ward 3 comprises of four six bedded bays and four side rooms. The use of the side rooms is decided on a clinical/priority basis.

The team

Consultants: Dr Koss, Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, who carries out a ward round twice a week, usually a Tuesday and Friday.
Dr Saravanan, Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist who conducts a ward round twice a week on a Monday and Thursday.
Each consultant is supported by a team of three doctors; one registrar, one senior house officer and one junior house officer. The team will review the consultants patient daily during the week. They also take part in the “on calls”, therefore are not all present on the ward each day.

Matron: Penny Cotterill, a major part of Penny's remit is to ensure that the patient experience is positive. It is also her role to ensure that quality standards of care are maintained and she can be seen on a regular basis auditing the unit with the Infection Control Team and housekeeper to ensure optimal cleaning standards are achieved.

Ward Managers: Joanne Mountford 

Ward Sister: Louise Strutt
In addition to Louise, there is a full team of nursing and support staff to assist with care.

Other staff you might meet on the ward

Occupational therapist: The occupational therapist provides specialist treatment to enable a safe and successful transition back into the community.

Physiotherapist: The aim of the Physiotherapy Team is to provide a specialised treatment plan which will enable patients to achieve their maximum physical potential.
Social worker: There is a unit based social worker who is able to assist with the discharge process and any issues concerning discharge. The social worker is also able to advise or welfare rights, housing issues and appropriate support groups.
Gastroenterology nurse specialists: 

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease specialist nurses (Sister Liz Nelson and Sister Sammy Kari)
    – Service provided for patients with a known diagnosis of Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis, for the monitoring, management and treatment of disease.

  • Hepatitis Specialist Nurses (Sister Gemma Beresford and Sister Katalin Sipos)
    – Service provided for patients with a known diagnosis of Hepatitis, for the monitoring, management and treatment of disease.

  • Gastro Cancer Nurse (Sister Anna Lewis)
    – Macmillan service for patients’ diagnosed with upper GI cancer, for the monitoring, management and treatment of disease.
  • Gastro Assistant Practitioner (Tracey Marshall)
    – Service provided to complete fibroscans (assessment of liver fibrosis) and hydrogen breath tests (assessment of lactose intolerance/ bacterial overgrowth)

If your condition or care requires the input of a gastro specialist nurse, this will be arranged through referral to each specialty. The specialist services are usually delivered by outpatient appointments and telephone advice however inpatients may be reviewed by referral from the ward.

Tissue viability nurse specialist: Specialised in the prevention and management of pressure sores and ulcers

Alcohol: Alcohol support is not provided in trust; however appropriate alcohol assessment and care can be given by CGL (Care, Grow, Live), which is an out of trust referral.

Discharge co-ordinator: Will assist you with your discharge planning if required.
Phlebotomist (technician skilled in taking blood) visits daily to collect blood samples requested by the medical team.
Student nurses may be on placement on the unit.
Ward clerk: Assists with the daily running and administration of the ward.
Housekeeper: Supports the maintenance of cleanliness and ordering of supplies and facilitates the smooth running of the ward. 

There are also work experience students on the ward from the age of 16 years upwards.
All staff will introduce themselves to you but if you are at all unclear please ask.

Visit our who's who section for more information

Hand washing

Infection control is an issue at the forefront of most people’s minds when coming into hospital. To help the unit stop infection please wash your hands on arrival and departure, you will find a sink located at the entrance of the unit. Alcohol gel dispensers are also strategically located throughout the unit.
You are also encouraged to ask nursing and clinical staff if they have washed their hands prior to examination. 

More information

The ward telephone numbers are: 01625 661003 or 01625 6611089
If relatives are ringing to enquire about your condition please nominate one of your family members to be a single point of contact to reduce the numbers of calls to the ward.
If you would like to arrange an appointment to see either consultant, please contact the secretary direct from Monday to Friday.

Dr Koss’ secretary: 01625 663266 
Dr Saravanan secretary: 01626 661902

Please note that the consultant cannot discuss patient care or treatment over the telephone due to patient confidentiality.

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