Information for inpatients
We understand that if you or a relative are due to stay in The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre as an inpatient you will naturally want to find out more about the hospital. This section contains useful general information that should answer any questions that you may have.
Free wifi is available on our inpatient wards
Our Inpatient Wards
All of our inpatient wards provide single sex accommodation.
We also operate a protected mealtime system to enable patients to have their meal without being disturbed. As such, the wards are locked during mealtimes from 13:00pm - 14:00pm and 18:00pm - 19:00pm.
Visiting times for friends and relatives are 13:00pm – 17.30pm and 18.30pm – 20.30pm
This 28-bed ward cares for patients receiving planned chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, Monday to Friday.
Ward telephone number 0151 556 5013
Ward Manager: Mandy Cunningham
Mersey Ward and Triage Unit
The Mersey Ward has 23 beds and cares for patients requiring emergency admission and assessment for acute oncology problems.
The Triage Unit is also located at the entrance to the ward - this is where patients who have side effects from their treatment are assessed.
Ward telephone number 0151 556 5023
Ward Manager: Emma Doolan
This 26-bedded ward cares for patients who develop side effects from chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Ward telephone number 0151 556 5019
Ward Manager: Claire Bennett
We provide every patient with a locker and wardrobe. However, these are not secure, so we advise that valuables and money are not brought into the hospital.
Patients are allowed to bring in and use their mobile phones on the wards, except camera phones, which are not permitted. Please be considerate to other patients, especially those who may be sleeping, when using your phone.
Our hospital electricians MUST check any electrical appliances, including mobile phone chargers, brought onto the ward before they can be used.
Patients are encouraged to dress in their usual clothes during the day. If you are having radiotherapy you should follow the clothing advice found in our Radiotherapy booklet, which is available from your nurse or radiographer.
Meals and refreshments
We cater for all special diets. Patients should discuss any dietary requirements with their nurse, who will arrange for a visit from our dietitian if necessary.
We also operate a limited 24-hour catering service for times when meals are missed, because of treatment time or admission time.
Although there is a shop on site, it is not open 24 hours a day so you may prefer to bring in your own toiletries or snacks. A small amount of labelled food can be kept in the wards’ fridges.
For visitors there are a variety of snack and meal options available, including:
- The Firtrees restaurant
08.00am to 18.00pm every day
- The RVS coffee shop
08.00am - 17.30pm Monday - Friday
10.00am – 13.00pm Saturdays and Sundays
- The small tea bar near to the radiotherapy department
09.00am – 17.30pm Monday -Thursday
09.00am – 16.00pm Friday
- Vending machines are located in the main reception
- The trolley shop visits each ward every morning for patients who may be unable to get to the shop.
We have a selection of facilities available to you, to try to make your stay as comfortable and relaxed as possible:
- Patients' lounge
Our patients' lounge is located on the first floor next to the Mersey Ward and is a great place to relax. Activities taking place include; craft and relaxation classes, and church services. A timetable of activities is available.
We have a general library on the first floor that houses novels and talking books, and also enables patients to have access to computers.
- Spiritual care
Representatives of the different religious faiths visit the wards regularly. We hold services in the patients' lounge and on Sundays a service is held in the chapel located in the hospital grounds. We can also arrange for Holy Communion to be held on the wards.
Research shows that there are many therapeutic benefits in having contact with animals, particularly for children and older people, with the contact helping to normalise situations that can be anything but normal for patients.
Therapy Dogs Nationwide (http://therapydogsnationwide.org/) is a national charity that sees volunteers taking dogs into hospitals to be handled by patients.
Here at the Centre, we have our very own therapy dog, Callie, who visits the centre two days each week with her owner Sue Yates, to bring a smile to our patients.
Arrangements for weekend leave (Radiotherapy patients)
Patients without problems and with permission from their doctor can go home for the weekend (using private transport) after treatment on a Friday and return on the Monday at 09:00am.
If required, an ambulance service is available to provide transport for weekend leave to patients living in the Gwynedd area.
If you become unwell at the weekend, you should telephone your ward and talk to a nurse. If necessary, we can arrange for re-admission.