Perth Royal Infirmary
Welcome to the Gynaecology Ward. We want your experience to be
both enjoyable and an educationally enriching experience. You will
be allocated a Mentor and an Associate Mentor and will be given their
names when you phone to check your starting time or on your 1st day
on the ward.
Directions to the ward
The Gynaecology & Obstetrics Department is located in a separate
building, in front and to the left, of the main hospital. It is easily
accessed from the main entrance off Jeanfield Road.
The Senior Charge Nurse is – Jane Black
“Experience and especially shared experience is infinitely more
educative than books”
Our patients will be regarded as individuals who have the right to
make decisions regarding their care. Because of the sensitive
nature of the work undertaken in this ward each patient has the
right for dignity and privacy and we, as a team, will strive to
achieve this at all times.
Each patient has the right to the highest quality of care that we
We will as individual nurses / midwives will ensure that we will give
our best at all times
Each patient and their relatives have the right to ask questions
about their care and to clarify any situations with their staff. If
you should have any questions or queries, please ask us. Should
you wish to complain or express concerns about your treatment
please speak to the nurse in charge.
Our approach to patient care is based on the individual and their
needs by using an individual approach to our care planning we
ensure that patient’s rights are met. Dignity, privacy and quality
care are we believe basic rights.
We strive to deliver a high standard of nursing care by continuing
to expand and develop our practice both individually and as a team.
Our patients are of paramount importance to us.
Philosophy/Statement of Values in Relation to the Education of
We encourage students to ask questions and will always try to answer
them. However, we will expect the students to assist with their own
learning by developing a questioning approach. We look forward to
hearing their views and suggestions about how we can improve the
learning experience for our students.
We will : -
Treat students as individuals acknowledging their needs and
encouraging their participation in formulating care management
Encourage students to feel part of the care team by involving
them in assisting and directing healthcare professionals in
providing patient care.
Recognise and value the contribution of all students in the process
of planning and carrying out patient care and assist them to
achieve/maintain knowledge and skills in order to provide safe and
There are a variety of ways to get to the hospital, use
www.travelinescotland.com to help plan your journey to us. Please let
the staff know as soon as possible if you have specific problems
travelling to PRI and we will endeavour to help you overcome them as
much as we are able.
Contact telephone number: 01738 473426
Car parking is free with limited places, there is on-street parking but
this is at your own risk and please be sensitive and courteous to the
needs of the residents around the hospital.
Canteen facilities – 7am-4pm, situated in the old building.
WRVS café in the main entrance area.
Generally speaking students usually bring a packed lunch/tea. There
are microwave and coffee making facilities.
Changing facilities – male: situated in the theatre area on level1.
Female: lockers & shower facilities are provided
in the changing area located on the ground floor of the building.
Other Useful Websites: -
University of Dundee; Clinical Placement
Support Unit (CPPSU): www.cppsu.dundee.ac.uk
NHS Education Scotland: www.nes.scot.nhs.uk
Literature search facility, free with Athens log on
details, full articles available: www.elib.scot.nhs.uk
The Gynaecology Ward
4, 4 bedded rooms and 3 single rooms.
An examination room where Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinics
are run Mon-Fri 10am-3pm. (EPAC)
An emergency Out Patient Service
Theatre is located along the corridor on the same level.
There is an Ultrasound department located on the upper level.
Within this department the services we offer are:
Genito Urinary Pelvic Medicine
Major Surgery and Day Case Surgery
EPAC (Nurse led)
Emergency Out Patient Service e.g. Blood tests, Morning after pill
You the student will be able to follow the patient’s journey by
admitting them, observing their operation in Gynaecology theatre
then caring for them post-operatively.
Within this setting there are many different learning opportunities.
The clinics that are run throughout the week are:
Lletz Clinic (Large loop excision of the transformational zone)
Termination of Pregnancy held within the ward Midwife/Nurse led.
Nurse led pessary clinics.
Your mentor will encourage you to attend some of these clinics as it
can be of educational benefit for you.
We are a Monday through to Friday ward. The 2 shifts you would be
expected to work are:
7.30am – 3.30pm and 2pm – 10pm
Night shift is not expected of you as the majority of learning
opportunities are to be found throughout the day.
The Gynaecology Team
The Gynaecology team consists of Senior Charge Nurse, Midwives,
Registered Nurses, Health Care Assistants and a Ward Clerk.
The consultants and specialist registrar are as follows
Dr Gordon (General Gynae and Obstetrics),
Dr Christie (Uro and Gynae)
Dr Tkacz (Uro and Gynae)
Dr Kay (Infertility)
Dr El-Miligy (General Gynae & Obstetrics) He is our associate
There are 2 surgical consultants Mr Lee and Mr Elseedawy who have
theatre lists Tues, Wed & Thurs afternoons
Physiotherapists work on a part-time basis in the ward
throughout the week
Breast care nurses are available when required.
Operating times on the ward generally are:
Dr Gordon Mon pm and Wed am
Dr Christie Mon Tues and Friday alternate
Dr Tkacz Mon Tues and Friday alternate
Dr Kay every 4th Wednesday.
Termination of pregnancy - Various
Overview of the ward
Gynaecology Ward patients comprise of ‘waiting list admissions’ and
‘emergency admissions’. All waiting list admissions will have begun
their journey by first being clinically reviewed by a Gynaecology
Consultant in the Out Patient Department after an appropriate
referral by the GP. The initial consultation will reveal if the findings
are significant; if so, they will be added to a waiting list prior to
being selected for admission for surgery. Most patients who will be
attending for operations are not “ill” in the true sense of the word
and with appropriate treatment, they will hopefully return to an
independent, functioning lifestyle and to a better quality of life.
Emergency admissions are usually sent in via a referral from their
own GP to the doctor on call that day. Emergency admissions are
only accepted before 4pm, outwith these hours they are referred to
Assessment and the CAP Booklet
Your CAP Booklet is your responsibility, but we ask that it be made
readily available for your mentor and/or staff to review when
required. There are great many opportunities for you to gain the
experience and practical skills towards completing the required
competencies for this placement. As a student nurse you will be
guided in many areas, but you will also be expected to show
enthusiasm, initiative and interest.
We expect to be asked questions and will endeavour to answer
them appropriately. However, as an adult learner, we may nudge you
in the right direction and get you to discover the answers for
You will be allocated a mentor and an associate/team mentor.
Throughout your time with us they will provide ongoing constructive
feedback as to your progress. It will also be their responsibility to
carry out your midway and final assessments. This will involve their
liasing with all members of the team whom you have come into
2. HEALTH PROMOTION
3. NURSING ASSESSMENT
4. ESSENTIAL CARE IN VARIETY OF SETTINGS
Patients/clients/relatives/significant others, nursing staff/care
team, multi-disciplinary team, verbal/non-verbal, therapeutic
information, telephone and written.
2. HEALTH PROMOTION
Health promotion re lifestyle, health education, multi-disciplinary
team, cultural sensitivity, developing health promotion practice.
3. NURSING ASSESSMENT: -
Utilising systematic approach, assessment tools (possibly identify
specific tools), observing, recording and reporting re
patients/clients, selection and utilisation of individualised patient
tools, modifying said tools as required, prioritising workload,
delegation, time management, accurate documentation, admission and
4. ESSENTIAL CARE IN VARIETY OF SETTINGS: -
Patient/client comfort, hygiene, toileting etc., participate as member
(full) of multidisciplinary team, collaborative care with
patient/family, formulating realistic goals (long & short term), moving
& handling, care re surgical intervention, therapeutic interventions,
medication (knowledge and administration),
5. SAFETY: -
Recognise and deal/cope with emergency situations, recognise
personal limitations, environmental risk strategies, patient/client risk
assessments, infection control issues, de-escalation skills, safe
administration therapeutic interventions.
During your time in the clinical area you should expect:
A named Mentor (and in some areas Associate or Team Mentor).
Initial discussion regarding your learning needs, outcomes and
Regular and constructive feedback on your performance including
Mid-way & Final Assessment.
A supportive learning environment.
Provision of learning opportunities including clinical skills and
visiting related areas.
Remember to bring your CAP Booklet with you.
Aims during Placement
During your time within Gynaecology…you, the student, will (further)
develop both clinical and managerial skills, both personal and
professional. You will research relevant theory and utilise and/or
explain how it can be used to enhance nursing practice, and improve
A Learning Contract will be employed to document agreed objectives
with a view to the student achieving the competencies required from
At the end of the placement the student will have met the
The student will have demonstrated that they can effectively
manage their time and prioritise their workload.
The student will have had the opportunity to plan and assess care
with their Mentor and other members of the team.
The student will reflect on the care that they have provided
during their placement.
The student will have liaised and worked (if applicable) with other
members of the multidisciplinary team.
The student will have a clear understanding of the issues relevant
to this area re what and how care is provided.
Practice Education Facilitators
There are 9 Practice Education Facilitators (PEFs) across NHS
Tayside, with responsibilities for all NHS clinical placements. Your
local PEF is Anne Mathewson.
Their role includes supporting the Mentor, facilitating communication
and improving links between the clinical areas and the Universities
and Colleges. They also aim to ensure that the students’ experience
in the clinical placement is of the highest quality and greatest
benefit. The PEFs can be contacted about issues regarding the
clinical placement, however we suggest you follow protocol as per
your student handbook.
Signature of Learner:- --------------------
Signature of Mentor:- ---------------------
(to be started within 48 hours of student placement)
Identify Learning Needs
Evidence of Achievement
Signed: Mentor: Date:
Orientation Plan Specific areas discussed Date & sign
Introduce to mentor
Discuss philosophy of care
Discuss hours of working
Identify off duty if applicable
Discuss dress code
Identify procedures for reporting
sickness / absence
Identify – Practice Education Facilitator
Discuss Hand Hygiene
Orientation to placement -
Emergency telephone numbers
Placement phone numbers
Introduce to staff
Identify location of national and local
policies / procedures / guidelines & NMC
Identify procedures for reporting
accidents & Incidents