John Coupland Hospital

John Coupland Hospital
Ropery Road
DN21 2TJ


01427 816500

Service Details Opening Times Visiting Times
Combined Outpatient and Surgical Team Open seven days a week, 08:00 to 20:00 N/A
Scotter Ward 24/7 14:00 to 16:00 and 18:00 to 20:00
Blood Testing (Phlebotomy)

New opening times for the Blood room at John Coupland Hospital from 1 October 2019.

  Opening Closing Opening Closing
Monday 08.00 12.00 13.00 16.00
Tuesday 08.00 13.00 closed closed
Wednesday 08.30 12.00 13.00 16.00
Thursday 08.00 13.00 closed closed
Friday 08.00 13.00 closed closed
Saturday closed closed closed closed

If you are planning to visit one of our wards, please stay at home if you or your family members have had diarrhoea, vomiting or ‘flu-like’ symptoms in the last four days. This helps us to keep ‘winter vomiting’ or Norovirus away from vulnerable patients and staff who could pass it on. Symptoms of Norovirus include diarrhoea and vomiting and, just like flu, the virus can seriously affect vulnerable patients.

Outpatients Department

The outpatients department provides a wide range of services including:

  • Outpatient clinics that are managed by consultants, registered nurses and healthcare support workers
  • Phlebotomy clinics (collection of blood samples)
  • Anticoagulant service (INR Service) - provides a monitoring service for patients on warfarin, a drug to inhibit blood clots
  • Minor surgery

The outpatient staff work with a wide range of specialties including:

  • General surgery
  • General medicine (treatment for diseases such as asthma, diabetes and arthritis)
  • Gynaecology (dealing with the health of the female reproductive system)
  • Orthopaedics (injuries and diseases to bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and spinal injections)
  • Ophthalmology (eye problems)
  • Urology (male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs)
  • Ear, nose and throat

Referral to outpatients is via Choose & Book.

Scotter Ward

Scotter Ward is a nurse led unit with 23 beds. The patients cared for on the ward are aged 18 and above.

Patients may be transferred from an acute hospital because they need a longer stay in hospital to recuperate, from an operation for example, or if they require intensive rehabilitation services. They could also come direct from their home if they are medically stable. Care is also provided on the ward to patients with end of life needs.

A range of staff provide care on the ward including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses and other specialist nurses. Medical cover is provided by GPs and there are also well established links with other medical professionals.

Patients are admitted via the contact centre and can be referred by a GP, nurse practitioner, district nurses, specialist nurses, acute hospital staff and the minor injury unit.

Surgical Daycare Unit / Theatre

This seven bedded unit provides a range of options for patients undergoing daycare surgery. It also provides tests and investigations to accurately diagnose illnesses and diseases.

The unit works with the theatre suite and the pre-operative care service to deliver high quality patient-focused care from admission assessment to discharge. This includes:

  • orthopaedic surgery (injuries and diseases to bones, muscles, ligaments)
  • hernia operations under local anaesthetic
  • cataracts
  • endovenous ablation
  • spinal injections
  • gynaecology minor procedures
  • and carpal tunnel

Referrals can be made through Choose & Book and are also accepted from GPs and acute hospitals.

Minor Injury Unit

The minor injury unit offers fast and modern healthcare to people at a time which suits them. The unit will treat people with minor injuries and illness e.g. sprains, cuts and grazes, broken bones, bites and stings. The minor injury unit is a nurse led unit and there is no doctor available on site.

You can self-refer to the minor injury unit. Referrals are also accepted from the ambulance service and Out of Hours Service. No appointment is necessary.

Please note that the minor injury unit will not treat patients with more serious medical conditions or major injuries. Patients should go to their local Accident & Emergency department or dial 999.

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A phlebotomy service is available at the hospital, see the top of the page ot opening times.

Car Parking

Car parking is free at John Coupland Hospital.

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Date last modified 04/10/2019