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Placement Area Information

Find out more about our departments at Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and what opportunities you will have while on placement
Nursing & Midwifery Home

East Surrey Hospital is a growing District General Hospital with around 500 beds, and a range of specialities. Your designated placement area has a comprehensive training programme to ensure you get the most out of your placement, this includes ward visits, regular case presentations and meetings with your Educational supervisor. Students will be expected to compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their experience.  Students will have opportunity to experience a wide range of clinical specialities including general medicine, cardiology, surgery, gastroenterology and paediatrics.

Student Nurses are involved in the provision of clinical services for the majority of specialties within the Trust.

Click below to find out more about our department areas


Type of placement

Abinger ward is a 21 bedded ward which is an acute care of the elderly ward covering a wide range of both acute and chronic medical conditions. Our Nursing staff work closely with the multi-disciplinary team to enable timely recovery and appropriate discharge.

Learning Opportunities & Experiences

Ward rounds

Multi-disciplinary team meetings

Specialist Nurse Visits

Observation of diagnostic tests

Acute Medical Unit

Type of Placement

The acute medical unit (AMU) is located on the ground floor of East Surrey Hospital, near the emergency department, and offers a 24 hour comprehensive acute medical service with a dedicated team of nurses and consultants.

AMU has 33 beds and 7 assessment bays and provides immediate assessment and treatment. Patients can be referred to the AMU from the Emergency Department, or direct from their GPs, or from walk-in centres such as those at Crawley, Caterham Dene and Horsham Hospitals.

Acute stroke patients should be admitted directly to the hospital’s stroke unit, and acute heart conditions go direct to the coronary care unit. Elderly patients, aged 75 and over, needing short term treatment are triaged to Capel Ward, either from the emergency department or AMU.

The maximum length of stay in the AMU is 72 hours. Within that time, patients are given initial treatment and then either allowed home with planned outpatient care (if necessary) to a SASH specialist clinics, or admitted to a ward.


All students have a dedicated mentor and co mentor who ensure their learning outcomes are met. Students are encouraged to observe all aspects of care from members of the MDT.

There is consultant led teaching every Wednesday.

We work closely with lots of different MDT members are students are actively encouraged to spend time with them



Brockham Ward is a dedicated gynaecology ward with 20 beds

Learning opportunities

    • Early pregnancy unit
    • Maternity department
    • Theatre visit
    • Gynaecology clinics
    • Paediatric Outpatients
Capel Annex

Capel Annex is an acute general medicine and endocrinology ward. It has 20 beds and 2 side rooms.

Learning Opportunities

    • Management of diabetes
    • Observe and work with all MDT on the ward. Can follow patient journey to other departments, clinics.
    • Day with the diabetes nurses.
    • MDT- SALT, OT, Physio, can also shadow palliative care CNS Discharge Liaison Nurse. Visit other areas that the patient may go to.

Links to other depts and spokes

  • Ward rounds
  • Multi-disciplinary team meetings
  • Specialist Nurse Visits
  • Observation of diagnostic tests
  • MRI
  • CT Scans
  • Theatres

Chaldon Ward at East Surrey Hospital is the Acute Stroke Unit with 28 beds. Patients, if thrombolysed, will have one-to-one nursing for the first 24 hours and the brain scan will be repeated in that time. A swallow test assessment will also be carried out, and if there is a swallowing abnormality, the patient will be referred to the speech and language therapists.

Physiotherapists and occupational therapists will assess the patient on the ward.

The average stay on Chaldon Ward is around 14 days. Patients are then either moved to the Crawley Hospital Stroke Rehabilitation Ward, or go home with referrals to the community stroke rehabilitation team.

Once a patient has returned home and still needing on going rehabilitation they are under the care of the community stroke rehabilitation team and their GP.

Learning Opportunities

  • Work alongside nurses on the ward and all members of MDT including- Physio’s, SALT, OT, Stroke Nurse Co-ordinator, Dietician’s, Doctors. MDT rotate teaching sessions on the ward. Ward Consultant provides ward based teaching. Students also given the opportunity to shadow the bleep holder who assesses the stroke patients in ED (Stroke Outreach)

Links to depts and spokes

  • •TIA clinic
  • •Stroke clinic
  • •MRI
  • •AMU
  • •Acute stroke and thrombolysis assessment

Comet ward is a based at Crawley Hospital. It is a nurse-led team that delivers chemotherapy and supportive therapies to patients in an outpatient setting. In addition it acts as an information resource to both patients and staff on relevant issues.

The opening times are Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm

It is also linked to the Olive Tree cancer support centre which provides a range of services to support from diagnosis through to treatment and beyond. This support is offered to people living in Crawley and the surrounding area.

Learning Opportunieties

  • •Administration of subcutaneous injections
  • •Infusions for the rheumatology service
  • •Blood and platelet transfusions
  • •Endrocrine tests
  • •Venesection for the gastrology and haematology team.
  • •Bone marrow procedures
  • •Understanding chemotherapy treatments

Links to other depts

  • •There are haematology outpatient clinics x 4 mornings per week.
  • •Macmillan Nurses
  • •x-ray department
  • •Intravenous specialist nurses
  • •Haematology nurses 
  • •DVT clinic
  • •Olive Tree cancer support centre.

Acute Surgery, upper gastro intestinal and colorectal surgery.

The ward has 20 beds.

learning opportunities

  • Observing in theatre
  • Spending time with a specialist nurse relevant to the area
  • Preparing a patient for surgery
  • Post-operative care
  • Theatre
  • Endoscopy
Emergency Department

Acute and Emergency Care. 

Acute and chronic areas of Nursing including:

  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Paediatric
  • Minor injuries
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Orthopaedic 
  • Gynecological
  • GP
  • Clinical Decisions Unit, CDU (24hrs care)


learning opportunities

  • Emergency Nursing
  • Resuscitation Room
  • Minor Injuries
  • Paediatric Care
  • All aspects of emergency care
  • Dressings/wound care
  • Plastering/minor injuries
  • Resuscitation
  • Acutely unwell patients
  • GP patients
  • Cardiac patients

links to other depts and spokes

  • Transferring to other wards/departments in the hospital
  • Ambulance/paramedic services
  • X-Ray
  • Fracture Clinic
  • ITU
  • Cath Lab

Other info

  • We offer a multitude of skills and learning opportunities
  • We offer weekly teaching session in ED and ad hoc sessions
Godstone Medical

A 33 bedded ward providing the care and treatment of acutely ill patients.

Developing assessment skills, understanding of a wide range of medications.

learning opportunities

  • Developing assessment skills and understanding of a wide range of medications.

Hazelwood is a 20 bedded care of the elderly ward.

learning opportunities

  • Ward rounds
  • Multi-disciplinary team meetings
  • Specialist Nurse Visits
  • Observation of diagnostic tests
Meadvale and CCU

Meadvale and CCU unit make up the cardiology specialty within ESH. Holmwood has 28 beds and take cardiology patients and also medical patients. 

CCU is our high dependency coronary care unit with 8 beds.

The cardiology unit is considered an acute placement offering you opportunities to explore the cardiovascular system through the angio unit and cath lab, to the acute care in CCU to the ongoing individualised patient care on Holmwood ward. 

The ward is very fast paced and has a very large turnover. 

Learning opportunities

  • CCU shifts
  • Angio experience – day case and Inpatient procedures
  • Cath lab experience
  • General ward nursing skills i.e. medication rounds, MDT meetings, Social services…
  • Chest pain team (bleep nurses) – acute placements and 3rd year students
  • Assessment clinics
    • ECG 
    • 24hr tapes
  • Transfers to other hospitals

Department links & spokes

  • Outreach
  • Chipstead Clinics
  • Cardiology specialist nurses

Orthopaedic, Surgical and Medical Outliers

Learning opportunities

  • Preparing a patient for surgery
  • Post operative care
  • Learning about orthopaedic surgery
  • Fracture clinic visit

Our ophthalmology team serves all of the SASH geographical area and will also provide treatment for patients in the East Grinstead area with retinal disorders.

Every year, around 45,000 patients are seen by our doctors, including children, as we have a consultant specialising in paediatrics and a dedicated paediatric operating list.

We perform around 3400 operations every year at both East Surrey and Crawley Hospitals, with around 98% of procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic. For patients with special needs or phobias, we will offer surgery under general anaesthetic.

At East Surrey Hospital, there is a dedicated theatre for local anaesthetic such as cataracts, retinal surgery and oculoplastic surgery and a separate theatre for general anaesthetics for cataract, retinal, paediatric and glaucoma surgery. There is also a dedicated treatment room for the treatment for macular degeneration.

In Crawley hospital’s day centre, local anaesthetic procedures are carried out for cataracts, glaucoma and oculoplastic conditions, and some general anaesthetics operations are also done there.

Varied shifts times.

No night shifts as day services


Learning opportunities

  • Experience of treatment offered for the following:
  • Cataract
  • Diabetic medical retina
  • Glaucoma
  • Low vision
  • Squint/ocular mobility
  • vitreoretinal


Department links & spokes

  • Also a department at Crawley Hospital that could be attended.

We are a Level 2 Neonatal Unit within the Surrey, Sussex and Kent Networks. We take babies born from 27 weeks gestation.  Any babies before this gestation, needing surgery or requiring Intensive Care for over 48 hours would be transferred out to a Level 3 NICU.

We have 25 cots consisting of: 

8 cots in our IC / HDU nursery, 

4 TC beds  

13 Special Care cots which include 2 rooming in rooms. 


Learning opportunities

  • Working in Intensive Care, High Dependency & Special Care
  • Working alongside both qualified Nurses & Nursery Nurses 
  • Being involved with the admission process
  • Attending the ward round including our parent led ward round on a Tuesday which includes a wider multi-disciplinary team
  • Caring for babies on respiratory support
  • Supporting mothers with breast feeding
  • NGT feeds and bottle feeds
  • Practices with drug calculations & drawing up medication
  • Caring for babies who may require phototherapy for jaundice
  • Parent craft & discharge planning


Department links & spokes

  • Delivery Suite
  • Postnatal Wards
  • Working with multi-disciplinary team – Physio, Speech & language, dietician, hearing screeners
  • Outreach team


Other information

  • Students will receive an induction pack during their orientation to the ward.
  • A Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor will be assigned to the student.
  • Shifts emailed out prior to the student starting 
  • Weekly simulation between Paediatrics & Neonates – every Thursday

Acute Orthopaedic and rehabilitation, Acute Surgical and Elderly medicine

Learning experiences

  • Experience of clinical Nurse specialists for both trauma and hip fractures
  • Encouraged to work with other Health professionals and to go to other departments to observe.
  • Other places may include, Theatre, Fracture clinic, spending time with therapists and trauma/fractured Neck of femur nurse, observing ward rounds and taking part in the MDT meetings.
  • The opportunity is available to spend time with other nurse specialists relevant to their placement.
  • Time given to go to the library/use Intranet/Internet when requested

Department links & spokes

  • Can follow a patient through to theatre and watch an operation on request

The paediatric service is based at East Surrey Hospital. 

Clinics are held at East Surrey, Crawley and Horsham Hospitals, Oxted Health Centre and Moatfield Surgery in East Grinstead.

A full range of paediatric services are provided at East Surrey Hospital in dedicated child and family friendly environments. Children are seen in separate emergency department and outpatient department areas by medical and nursing staff specially trained in paediatrics.

The department has close links with the Royal Alexander Children’s Hospital in Brighton, and the London hospitals of Guy’s and St Thomas’, St George’s and Great Ormond Street. Paediatric consultants from these hospitals visit East Surrey Hospital to hold specialist joint clinics.

Specialists within children’s services offer a wide range of paediatric professional skills.

Outwood Ward at East Surrey Hospital is the general paediatric inpatient ward.  There are 22 acute beds, including 3 oncology cubicles and 4 beds for adolescents. The ward has facilities for parents to stay with their child


Learning opportunities

  • There are many learning opportunities linked to all aspects of paediatric care.


  • Specialist outpatient clinics
  • Oncology
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Paediatric dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Epilepsy
  • Haematology clinics
  • Respiratory and allergy


Department links & spokes

  • Safeguarding specialist nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Paediatric emergency department
  • Children’s assessment unit
  • Paediatric anaesthesia
  • Paediatric oncology
  • Paediatric surgery/theatres
Surgery Centre

A day surgery unit and a surgical short stay unit, meaning that patients will come in for elective surgeries and will come to this unit post operatively and will be recovered here before discharge. Sometimes however they may not be able to go home the same day due to complications and therefore would spend the night on the unit. 

In this unit we also have procedure rooms where we treat for example those with chronic pain. So we have pain management clinics and procedures, where by individuals can come in for these day procedures have their treatment and go home again. We also do flexible cystoscopy clinics and offer treatment within the department as well.

Learning opportunities

  • Day surgery procedures in theatres
  • Day surgery post-operative care
  • Pain management and procedures
  • Flexible cystoscopies
  • Minor surgical procedures on the unit
  • Short stay surgical care and management


Department links & spokes

  • Theatres
  • Urology department
  • Pain management department
  • Recovery 


Other info

  • The Surgical Centre is a 24hr care unit with escalation surgical patients. Expect to be rotated to days and nights during your placements. 
  • Procedure rooms are open Mon-Fri 07:30-17:30 so take the opportunity to work within this area on the department during your placement also.


Perioperative, including anaesthetics, surgical and post anaesthetic care (PACU).

Learning opportunities

  • To gain experience in a number of specialties including:
  • Anaesthetics including: 
  • Airway management
  • Regional anaesthesia
  • General anaesthetic
  • Local anaesthetic
  • Related pharmacology
  • General surgery, including: 
  • Upper and lower GI
  • Colorectal
  • Breast
  • Minor vascular cases
  • Dermatology
  • Urology
  • Gynaecology and elective obstetrics
  • Orthopaedic and Trauma
  • CEPOD (emergency theatre)
  • Paediatrics
  • Dental surgery minor Max fax
  • Post anaesthetic care (PACU) for adult and paediatric patients.  Including: 
  • Post anaesthetic airway management
  • Immediate post-operative patient observations 
  • Immediate post-operative wound care
  • Post-operative pain management
  • SBAR hand over
  • To have an understanding of applied anatomy and physiology in relation to the procedures being observed.
  • To have an understanding of Surgical hand antisepsis and a surgical sterile field and how this differs from a ward environment.
  • The importance of Infection control in the theatre environment.
  • The importance of air flow in the theatre environment.
  • A patient’s journey from admissions to discharge from PACU      


Learning experiences

  • Double scrub for some procedures with a registered Practitioner.
  • Assist with basic airway manoeuvers of the unconscious patient.
  • Surgical hand antisepsis.
  • Surgical sterile field.
  • Pharmacology.
  • Enhanced infection control.
  • Follow a patient’s journey through the department.


Department links & spokes 

  • Pre-Assessment and Surgical admissions.
  • Endoscopy.
  • HSDU (Hospital sterile and Decontamination Unit)
  • Remote area anaesthetics (angio and Godstone day unit).
  • Trauma meeting.
  • CEPOD meeting


Other info

  • Student’s learning objectives should be set prior to commencement of placement.
  • Student’s allocation will be emailed in advance along with departmental induction pack.
  • Facilitation of out of department visits where applicable.
  • Underpinning knowledge of specialty prior to commencement (reading around subject area).
Tilgate Annex

Tilgate Annex

Acute medicine.

Students are given the opportunity to work in all areas of the unit within which they are placed.  Students are assigned a mentor to support them.  Learning outcomes and learning opportunities are identified at the start of the placement.  Welcomes packs and profiles are available for students on arrival.

Students work with all members of the multi-disciplinary team and observe a wide range of procedures and practices.  There are opportunities to participate in ward rounds, teaching, placement visits with specialist nurses, MDTs , clinics, observe procedures etc 


learning opportunities

  • Day with the physiotherapist
  • x-ray department
  • specialist nurses appropriate to the area
  • Multi-disciplinary meetings
  • Bronchoscopy department
  • Direct care for patients requiring non-invasive ventilation, Optiflow, un-cuffed tracheostomies
  • Direct care for patients have acute and chronic lung conditions and diseases
  • Spend time in outpatients to gain an understanding how chronic conditions are managed to avoid hospital admissions and keep patients stable at home


Department links & spokes

  • Ward has direct links with specialist clinical nurses which include Copd, TB,PE Pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer
  • Direct links with Physiology department i.e. lung function, sleep studies, spirometry 

A 26 bedded general medical ward with a respiratory speciality.

Providing care for patients presenting with a wide range of acute respiratory and medical conditions, our nursing staff work closely with the multidisciplinary team to enable timely recovery and discharge. 

Learning opportunities

  • Day with the physiotherapist
  • x-ray department
  • specialist nurses appropriate to the area
  • Multi-disciplinary meetings
  • Attend Bronchoscopy Procedures with Consultants 
  • Students will be able to follow ward rounds with both nurses and doctors.
  • Continues to put learning into practice
  • Work more than 50% shifts with allocated mentor and/ or co mentor

Acute and elective orthopaedic surgery with 20 beds.

Learning opportunities

  • Spend a day with the Nurse Practitioner for orthopaedic surgery
  • Observe in theatre
  • Fracture clinic
  • Multi-professional meetings
  • Physiotherapy visit
  • Occupational Therapy visit

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