Clifton Hospital inpatient unit consists of four 24-bed wards; Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Wards 1, 2 and 4

Wards 1, 2 and 4 each have 24 Nurse Therapy led inpatient beds. Most patients are admitted to these wards by transfer from Blackpool Victoria Hospital following acute illness. Assessment of the patients’ needs by a multi-disciplinary team ensures that the most appropriate care and discharge arrangements are made.

Ward 3

Ward 3 has 24 Nurse and Therapy Led inpatient beds. Most patients are admitted to Ward 3 by transfer from Blackpool Victoria Hospital following acute illness or elective procedures.

Contact Numbers

Contact number for Clifton Ward 1: 01253 956221
Contact number for Clifton Ward 2: 01253 955408
Contact number for Clifton Ward 3: 01253 956226
Contact number for Clifton Ward 4: 01253 956216

Visiting Times

Please see our visiting times page for details.

Ward Teams

Nursing Team

Each Ward is led by a Ward Manager. The Ward Manager is responsible for the care that you receive on their ward and ensuring that the ward runs smoothly. They will support their team to develop a plan of care for you whilst you are at Clifton Hospital and ensure that goals for your stay are developed with you. They will also ensure that your length of stay in hospital is only as long as necessary and will be proactive in ensuring your timely discharge back home or to another care provider. They are here to answer any queries or concerns that you or your relatives might have so please ask to speak to them.

The Ward Managers at Clifton Hospital are:

Ward 1 – Linda Broadbent
Ward 2 – Helena Palin
Ward 3 – Tracy White
Ward 4 – Justine Richards

The Ward Manager is supported by two ward sisters and/or charge nurses to ensure that high standard of care are delivered to patient.

Ward Managers and Sisters/Charge Nurses can be identified by their navy uniform.

Each ward team also consists of Staff Nurses (hospital blue tunic uniform), Assistant Practitioners (blue and white stripe uniform, Nursing Associates (green and white stripe uniform) and Health Care Assistants (white uniform) who will provide hands on care to patients and support you in your daily activities.

Clinical Matron, Courtney Bickerdike

Therapy Teams

Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and rehabilitation assistants also play a big part in your rehabilitation at Clifton Hospital. These staff work across all wards at Clifton Hospital working with the nursing staff to provide care and rehabilitation to patients.

The therapy Team Leader at Clifton Hospital is:

Lindsay Hetko

The therapist will work with you to assess your abilities and needs and develop your rehabilitation goals. The input that you receive will be tailored to your individual needs and this will be discussed with you. These are the people who will ensure that your independence is supported to the best of your ability. They will also highlight any additional support, equipment or needs you have on discharge.

The majority of therapists work Monday to Friday with a small team working weekends to supports newly admitted patients and ongoing rehabilitation.

The therapy staff are supporting the development and training for our Health Care Assistants (HCA) in enhancing their understanding of the therapeutic approach within a rehabilitation setting. They will develop competencies within a therapeutic approach to include:

  • Bed transfers
  • Chair transfers
  • Toilet transfers
  • Functional personal care tasks
  • Mobilising with walking aids

This education will enhance every interaction with patients on the wards who are on the rehabilitation pathway.

The therapy staff engage the patient on each ward to take an active part in the exercise groups and the educational sessions, this aids your rehabilitation.

Other professionals may also be involved in your care; these include members of the hospital discharge team, social workers, dieticians, speech and language therapists and pharmacists.

To help you identify staff members each member of staff wears a name badge.

Clifton Hospital is an advocate of the #hellomynameis campaign and staff should introduce themselves to patients when they first meet them. Staff wear visible yellow badges to aid patients in identifying who is looking after them.

The campaign was started by the late Dr Kate Grainger and it is right that we share with you her words regarding the campaign –

“Hello, my name is Dr Kate Granger MBE and I’m the wife of Chris and the co-founder of the #hellomynameis campaign”

“I’m a doctor, but also a terminally ill cancer patient. During a hospital stay in August 2013 with post-operative sepsis, I made the stark observation that many staff looking after me did not introduce themselves before delivering my care. It felt incredibly wrong that such a basic step in communication was missing. After ranting at my husband during one evening visiting time he encouraged me to “stop whinging and do something!”

“We decided to start a campaign, primarily using social media initially, to encourage and remind healthcare staff about the importance of introductions in healthcare.

“I firmly believe it is not just about common courtesy, but it runs much deeper. Introductions are about making a human connection between one human being who is suffering and vulnerable, and another human being who wishes to help. They begin therapeutic relationships and can instantly build trust in difficult circumstances.”