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Arrival at Papworth Hospital

On arrival at the hospital, please go straight to Main Reception situated approximately 100 yards inside the main entrance road, on the right.

Main Reception is open between the hours of:

7.45am to 8.00pm
Monday to Friday

9.30am to 5.00pm
Weekends and public holidays

If you arrive early for your admission, please take a seat in Main Reception. If you are arriving outside reception opening hours, and you are unsure about where to go, please report to the switchboard in the Ellen Kemp building (further along the hospital road on the left by the mini roundabout) or use the hospital map sent to you to go directly to the ward.

Please try to arrive on time. We will make your admission as quick and easy as possible, but delays may occur if others need to be admitted as emergencies.

When you arrive on the ward, a member of staff will show you to your bed.

On occasion, due to pressure on beds, your bed may not be ready and you will be asked to wait in the Ward Day Room. During this time you will be kept informed by staff, and provided with refreshments. Some patients are asked to come ‘starved’ for a procedure and in these circumstances refreshments will not be offered.

If you have crowned, bridged or loose teeth

During certain surgical operations, there is a slight risk of damage to crowned teeth, dental bridge work or loose teeth. If you have crowned teeth, bridge work or loose teeth please discuss this when you see the anaesthetist before the operation.

Nail varnish/nail extensions

If you are having surgery you will need to remove nail varnish and nail extensions.

Patient identification

When you are in hospital, you will be required to wear identity wristbands at all times. This ensures that staff can identify you correctly and give you the right care. A member of staff should put wristbands on you as soon as you are admitted to hospital and you should wear these throughout your stay.

If a wristband comes off or is uncomfortable, please ask a member of staff to replace it.


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