Aldbourne Ward

An orthopaedic ward for patients having planned surgery on bones and joints including:

  • Major joint replacement
  • Spinal surgery
  • Other orthopaedic operations


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

What to expect

Most patients are admitted on the day of surgery and will arrive at the Theatre admissions lounge, where you will be assessed and prepared for surgery and be seen by the surgeon, nurse and anaesthetist.

After surgery you will return to Aldbourne Ward to begin your rehabilitation process.

All patients are encouraged to gain early independence, exercise and move around, as this helps to reduce complications and ensure that the best possible outcome from the surgery.

Staff will explain routines and procedures, but if you have any questions then please ask.

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


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.

Further information

Please see


If possible we ask relatives to contact the team of nurses responsible for a patient's care:

  • Blue Team (beds 1-12):
    Tel: 01793 646334
  • Red Team (beds 13-24):
    Tel: 01793 646332
  • Green Team (beds 25-36):
    Tel: 01793 646331
  • Main desk:
    Tel: 01793 646333

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

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