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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.

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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 embolisation 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.

  • Wards E5, E7, E8 and SHDU are located on E level, West Wing.
  • Ward F3Ds is located on F level, East Wing.
  • Wards F5 and F7 are located on F level, West Wing.
  • 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.

Spire Southampton Hospital

Spire Southampton Hospital offers comprehensive private hospital treatments, procedures, tests and scans to patients from Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, the Isle of Wight, the south coast of England and the Channel Islands. Facilities include 79 ensuite patient bedrooms, HDU (High Dependency Unit) and ITU (Intensive Care Unit). The Spire also now has five operating theatres, four of which have laminar flow ventilation systems which ensures cleaner air for more complex surgery.

PLANETS Medical Team at The Spire are a multidisciplinary group with many years of specialist experience. We are able to offer joined-up care throughout all stages of diagnosis, investigation and treatment including state of the art endoscopy, interventional radiology and surgery.

What do we do

Our areas of expertise include the whole of the gastrointestinal tract including problems of the stomach, intestine, pancreas, bile duct, gallbladder, liver, spleen and bowel.

We are a group of eight Consultants with a common aim to provide the best possible care for a wide range of gastrointestinal, abdominal and liver conditions. The Partnership has been long established as an NHS Team and here at Spire Southampton Hospital. We also consult at The Wessex Nuffield Hospital in Chandlers Ford, Sway, and Bournemouth.

Group Strengths

Conditions of the abdomen, gut and liver are complex and often require a multi disciplinary approach. As we work together and have complementary specialities we are able to provide a full package of care seamlessly to allow a rapid and efficient delivery of care.


We know that when a referral is made a solution is required. Our aim is to provide a single point of referral after which all the necessary consultations, investigations and treatment follow smoothly without the to-ing and fro-ing that is so often the case in healthcare. In addition to our comprehensive GI service we offer a number of specialist “one stop” and designed clinical pathway services to give you the best service in the most efficient manner.

We work closely as a team so it’s very easy to make a date for your surgery or investigations at the time of your consultation. Alternatively, if you need some time to consider your options, it is very straight forward for you to contact the consultants secretary to arrange a date at your convenience.

We know that people have lots of questions and may feel apprehensive about procedures or surgery that’s proposed, and for this reason we pride ourselves on being able to give you plenty of time during the consultation for detailed explanation of proposed procedures. At Spire Southampton Hospital we have fully up-to-date state of the art facilities.  Spire Southampton has been awarded the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark for cancer care.  For more information please visit the Ocean Clinic Website

Other hospitals in the Wessex Region you may be treated in:

Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Poole Hospital

QA, Portsmouth

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