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University Hospital Southampton

University Hospital Southampton (UHS) is made up of 3 different hospitals. The main hospital, Southampton General, is where the majority of your care will take place. It is a busy hospital catering for 100’s of people every week with many different conditions. You may have to visit several different departments during your diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care. This introduction to the different hospital departments will provide you with some basic information about the places you will visit, and hopefully make the process a little less daunting.

For further information on this hospital and the trust please click on the following link www.uhs.nhs.uk


This is where you will see your consultant to discuss your condition, receive test results and talk about your ongoing care. You may also see your specialist nurse and a dietician here. It is located on E level, West Wing.

Radiology (X-ray)

The radiology department is where you will undergo any x-ray’s, ultrasounds and CT scans. Within this department is a team of Doctors called interventional radiologists, they specialise in treatments such as chemo embolisations and radio frequency ablations. Main x-ray is located on C level.


This is where you will have your blood taken by the hospital’s experienced phlebotomy team. It is located on C level.

Pre- assessment

If you need to have an operation or procedure you may receive an appointment to attend a pre-assessment clinic. Here a team of nurses will ask you a range of questions to ensure that you are ready for your treatment, and if necessary will order further tests.

It is located on C level.

The Surgical Unit and Ward E8

The surgical unit comprises of wards E5, E7, E8, F3Ds, F5, F7, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Surgical High Dependency Unit (SHDU). During your diagnosis and treatment you may undergo operations and procedures which will require you to spend some time in hospital. This may be on one of the wards or in ICU or SHDU. The need for a higher level of care will be discussed with you prior to you your treatment. However if you are having major surgery it is quite normal to spend the first day or two either in SHDU or ICU so that you can be closely monitored as you recover from the immediate effects of your operation.

Ward E8 is a 29 bedded ward, specialising in liver, pancreatic, biliary and stomach surgery for patients with all kinds of illnesses affecting these organs. The majority of patients will stay on this ward. The staff on E8 and the whole of the surgical unit, aim to give high quality patient care in a friendly environment. Depending on the specific type of procedure you are having done and our assessment of your needs, you may find that you stay on one of the other wards in the surgical unit. As we treat so many NET patients all of our wards are familiar with the management of NET patients.

  1. Wards E5, E7, E8 and SHDU are located on E level, West Wing.
  2. Ward F3Ds is located on F level, East Wing.
  3. Wards F5 and F7 are located on F level, West Wing.
  4. ICU is located on D level, Centre Block.


A dietician is there to give you advice on different aspects of your diet. Not everyone will need to see a dietician, but if you have any concerns please speak to your Doctor or specialist nurse who can refer you if necessary. It is most common to need to talk to a dietician if you have had pancreatic surgery or major bowel surgery, when for the first few months you may need to follow a special diet to help things settle down after the surgery. Patients do not normally need special diets after liver surgery.


You may require input from a physio whilst you are in hospital. This is usually after surgery to help prevent chest infections and to get you back on your feet.

During your care at Southampton General Hospital you and your family will meet many different healthcare professionals, we are all here to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.