Aldbourne Ward

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Services are being continually re-assessed and amended.

Please see Patients and visitors: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and be aware of the latest visitor guidance shown there.

A ward for patients who have had elective orthopaedic surgery, including:

  • Hip replacements
  • Knee replacements
  • Spinal surgery
  • Shoulder replacements
  • Many other planned orthopaedic operations

Patients will be admitted for their surgery via the Theatres Admissions Lounge (TAL) on the first floor of the main hospital building and will be transferred to Aldbourne ward after their operation to continue their recovery.


Brunel Treatment Centre (part of the Great Western Hospital) - third floor (please see Floor plans).

What to expect

Patients are normally discharged 2-3 days after their operation but this could be sooner if they have achieved everything necessary for discharge home.

Patients are encouraged to get dressed every day and will need suitable footwear with enclosed heels to facilitate safe mobility and participation in physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Please note that legs and ankles may be swollen following surgery and whilst this is normal, footwear and clothing may be tighter than normal.

The ward follows this general routine, although this will obviously be dependent on your own care needs:

  • 8.00am: Breakfast
  • 10.30am: Mid morning refreshment
  • 12.00pm: Lunch
  • 3.30pm: Tea
  • 5.30pm: Supper
  • 8.00pm: Evening drinks


Please see Coronavirus (COVID-19): Visitor guidance

Normal visiting hours are 11.00am-8.00pm.

If possible, please avoid meal times (please see above); it's important for patients to be able to eat at regular periods, so we try not keep distruption to a minimum at these times.

If there are specific reasons, we are happy to accommodate visitors on the ward outside of normal visiting hours, please speak to a member of ward staff.


Tel: 01793 646333

We ask that one member of the family conveys information to other family members to avoid several calls to the ward. 

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