Ward & short stay

"We think of ourselves as specialist-generalists, as caring for patients having planned surgery involves a wide range of systems and procedures. It makes you ‘think outside the square’ rather than having a narrow focus. There’s a balance of high patient turnover for minor procedures and longer stay for major procedures."

The Ward and Short Stay areas are physically separate but staffed by the same team. Both are modern and well-equipped, with garden views. The 12-bed Short Stay area caters for day cases (mostly eye, dental and small orthopaedic procedures) several days a week. The 29 beds in the main ward are configured mostly as single rooms. We have four two-bed rooms used for parents rooming-in with children, and a four-bed room for quick turnaround cases.

We care for child and adult patients undergoing minor and major procedures across the range of specialties at Bowen:

  • Orthopaedics
  • General
  • Plastics and reconstruction
  • Gynaecology
  • Urology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral and maxillofacial
  • Otorhinolaryngology

Working at Bowen suits nurses with a strong surgical background, confident in their decision-making, as without junior medical staff, our first port of call for medical attention is the patient’s specialist. The ward staff are a very experienced, friendly, supportive team, which makes it a great environment for nurses entering or returning to practice, or taking up surgical nursing as a new focus.

Nurses are rostered to cover morning and afternoon shifts. We have permanent night staff, and as most patients are discharged by the weekend, your infrequent weekend shifts can be negotiated to fit with your other commitments.

A group of five Nurse Managers rotates to cover ward management. They also manage the hospital on a day-to-day basis and are the first port of call on afternoon duty and weekends. The Nurse Managers have all worked on the ward and can assist clinically when needed. They each have a specific management focus as a portfolio responsibility, for example, coordinating the roster or staff development.