St Michael’s and St Joseph’s Wards

About us

St Michael’s and St Joseph’s Wards, at St Michael’s Hospital in Hayle, looks after patients who are coming in for planned orthopaedic or breast surgery, both major and minor.

Patients are admitted onto St Michael’s before surgery. After your surgery, you’ll either come back on to St Michael’s ward for monitoring before being discharge the same day, or be admitted as an inpatient to St Joseph’s Ward until you are ready to go home. Our friendly and supportive team prides itself on receiving excellent patient feedback and making sure all of our patients receive the best possible standard of care.

Ward contact details

Telephone

Ward Manager/s/Sister

Shelley Jackson

Directions to the St Michael’s and St Joseph’s wards

St Michael’s ward is on the second floor of St Michael’s Hospital in Hayle, and St Joseph’s is on the first floor. When you arrive at reception, go left. When you reach the waiting room, go right, through the doors and the door to the stairs is on your left. Take the stairs to the floor you need.

Visiting the St Michael’s and St Joseph’s wards

Open visiting on all wards is between 10am and 8pm, 7 days a week

Visiting outside these times can be discussed with the nurse or midwife in charge. See our Visiting Policy.

Changing levels of cases of COVID-19 in Cornwall means that we must review and restrict visiting at times. We know how hard this is for patients and relatives, and exceptional circumstances for visiting will be considered when necessary.

Contact wards direct for details of their visiting times.

All patients are now able to have visits from 2 people at a time. Exceptions will be made for patients who are receiving end-of-life care.

You should not visit if you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Visiting during an infectious outbreak

During an infectious outbreak, visiting is not permitted. This includes visiting a bay that is closed with 1 or more infectious persons. The exceptions to this rule are:

  • a patient is near to or at the end of life*
  • there are exceptional circumstances (as decided by the clinical team)
  • the visitor is a carer (any area) or parent/guardian (paediatrics only)

Regular visiting rules apply to most infections, the ward team can contact the infection control team for advice if they are unsure.

Visiting when there is norovirus or a respiratory virus in a ward

There is an exception for norovirus and respiratory viruses.

Norovirus

No visiting is permitted. This includes when the patient is isolated. The exceptions to this rule are.

  • a patient is near to or at the end of life*
  • there are exceptional circumstances (as decided by the clinical team)
  • the visitor is a carer or parent/guardian (paediatrics only)

Respiratory viruses

Patients can have 2 named visitors, there is no time limit to the visit. The exceptions to this rule are.

  • a patient is near to or at the end of life*
  • there are exceptional circumstances (as decided by the clinical team)
  • the visitor is a carer or parent/guardian (paediatrics only)

If you are in a clinically extremely vulnerable group, we recommend you do not visit until the person no longer requires isolation.

If you (the visitor) develop symptoms of an infectious illness (diarrhoea, vomiting). You must postpone your visit until you have been free of symptoms for 72 hours. If you have a respiratory virus, read the latest Covid-19 guidance.

Visitors are expected to follow local personal protective equipment (PPE) rules. Advice and supplies will be provided by the clinical area. If a visitor refuses to wear PPE, the visit will not take place and you will be asked to leave. If visiting a patient with a respiratory virus, visiting to any other patient will not be permitted.

* Being near to or at the end of life does not mean that a patient has formally progressed to the end-of-life care plan or the blue book. This is a decision made by the clinical team.

Top tips when visiting

  • visitors need to introduce themselves and advise who they are visiting.
  • they will also be required to wash their hands and may need to wear appropriate PPE during the visit.
  • feel free to help out at mealtimes
  • do not disturb clinical staff during medicine rounds
  • when asked to leave a bay or room, please respect our request
  • when you leave the ward following your visit, you will need to remove any PPE, dispose of it properly, and wash your hands

Please see the Visiting guidance page for further general information.

Related information

What patients can expect from us

Our pledge is to let our patients know what they are in hospital for, what is needed before we can send them home, a timeframe for their discharge and an opportunity for them to be involved in shared decision-making about their treatment and care.

Contacting the ward for updates on your loved one

The ward is a busy place and our priority is patient care; the best time to call is after 11 am, once the doctors have completed their rounds. Upon admission to our ward we will establish if our patients are able to make contact with loved ones.

We suggest that one person is nominated to call the ward for updates and to act as the patient’s single point of contact.  Our patients with capacity and the ability to contact loved ones themselves, are best placed to provide an update. Those who would prefer relatives to be updated by staff will have this documented and we will endeavour to contact daily to provide an update. 

Parking

The Trust’s car parks are run by external providers.  Free parking is available for blue badge holders, frequent attenders and parents of sick children staying overnight.  Please ask the car park attendants for further details.  Concessionary tickets care available for long term patients and visitors.  You will need to ask the ward for an application form for a concessionary ticket.

Ward moves

Our patients may not always be able to be treated within the specialist ward associated with their medical or surgical issue.  This means that they may be transferred to different wards during a single inpatient stay, and we will always endeavour to update the patient’s nominated contact of this.

Using ward iPads

On most wards iPads are available for patients to contact family and friends via FaceTime and Skype. Ward staff can arrange this for you and they will assist in setting up this call.

Stay connected

Stay Connected is an initiative put in place to help our inpatients and their families keep in contact with each other, by sending messages, photos or drawings to the Patient and Family Experience Team which is then sent to the ward; this service is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.

Entertainment

Most wards have access to Wi-Fi on NHSWi-Fi. Please contact the ward to confirm.

Laptops and mobiles are allowed (if users are respectful of other patients – it’s a good idea to bring headphones and label devices clearly).  We ask that you ensure any chargers that you may bring for devices are in a good working condition, so as not to cause a fire.

Discharge

When our patients are assessed as medically fit for discharge by a Consultant, we will update the nominated contact or we will ask the patient to do this if they are able. We may ask our patients to wait in the discharge lounge whilst final arrangements are made.

The Discharge Lounge is in the Tower Block on the ground floor. Please see the Discharge Lounge page for directions and further information.

Patients are discharged with a discharge summary and a copy will also be sent electronically to their GP to outline any ongoing care needs or medication. 

Please be aware that there may be a few hours wait for your medication to take home.

Carer Passport

A Carer is anyone, including children and adults, who looks after and cares for a friend or family member who (due to illness, frailty, disability, a mental health condition, or an addiction) cannot manage without their support. The care they give is unpaid.  The Trust recognises carers as expert partners in care, and the important role that carers have in continuing patient care. If you are a carer you may wish to request a Carer Passport.  This will identify you as a carer to us, and we can signpost you to the Cornwall Carers Service for advice and assessments.

Patient Experience

We are passionate about patient experience and we want every one of our patients, and their relatives, to receive the best possible service when being treated at, or visiting, our hospitals. We take all feedback seriously and will take action where appropriate. Please see the Patient Experience section for further details.

Page last reviewed: 15 May 2023

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