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Theatres - RBHP 19

Placement Overview

Placement Title Theatres - RBHP 19
Your Placement Contact Sandra Holt, Jackie Wallwork - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Royal Bolton Hospital. Minerva Rd, Bolton, BL4 0JR
Placement City/Town: Bolton
Placement Phone 01204 390582
Your University Contact: Mike Barker - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Students are allocated an assessor prior to arrival.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

Earlies, lates, nights, half days Irregular shift times in recovery to maintain the service. If late for a shift, students must contact the Practice Placement Facilitator; this is the same for any working alterations to the off duty given.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

A wide variety of elective and emergency surgery opportunities.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Eclectic, as theatres do not have a specific model to follow.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Working in anaesthetics, recovery and scrub, scrub procedure and participating as a scrub nurse, participating as a circulating nurse, recovery of a patient, pain control, PCAs, etc. Anaesthestics - ECGs, monitoring, airway management, pressure care, etc.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Arterial lines insertion, CVP line insertion, feed line insertion, invasive surgery, keyhole surgery, PCAs, epidurals, spinals, epi-spinals, patient ventilation, patient monitoring, legalities of theatre, critical care of patient.

What resources are available to help students learning?

Learning and training packs and books are available.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

IV additive training

Providine iodine research

Anti-thrombolytic devices research

Normothermia management

Mouth care for critically ill patients

Use of water for perineal cleansing

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Additional Information

If you are pregnant, please contact the University Placements Unit as soon as possible as you will not be accepted for a placement in this area.


The Operating Theatre Department provides a safe and supportive environment in which to care for individuals undergoing anaesthetic and surgical procedures.

Appropriately qualified and experienced staff, who are competent and up to date in operating department care, provide safe, individual care within the different areas of the operating department, in co-operation with the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

Care is planned through a systematic problem-solving approach, which reflects a holistic concept, emphasises human values and maintains the identity and dignity of each individual patient.

In addition, staff ensure that patients and where applicable, relatives and significant others, receive the information and physical and emotional support required in order to cope with the effects of operating intervention in their lives.

Practice Educator Facilitators - - Royal Bolton Hospital