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 plan).

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

Visiting times

We operate open visiting across the Trust.


Tel: 01793 646333

Patients, families and their carers have access to a dedicated phone line on each ward for direct communication; the phone can be taken to the patient's bedside - please ask a member of staff for details.

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