Patients & Visitors

William Budd Ward


About the Ward

William Budd Ward staff are dedicated to the care of patients from 16 years of age with diagnosis of cancer who are undergoing intensive chemotherapy or radiotherapy. We also care for those who require an in-patient stay to help manage symptoms caused by their cancer or cancer treatment.

The ward has 22 beds which includes three single-sex bays of four beds each and ten single rooms. Five of the single rooms have positive pressure air filtration for patients who require intensive chemotherapy and /or stem cell transplantation the remaining five single rooms are for those who require isolation for medical reasons.

Each bed area has a patient entertainment system. There is a spacious day room with an adjoining patio area where patients can go to read, watch television or listen to music or relax with their visitors.

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The Ward Team

William Budd Ward nursing team is led by Allison Ponsford and Melanie Burcombe Senior Sisters (Job share). They are supported by junior sisters, senior and junior staff nurses and healthcare assistants.

The ward is overseen by the Matron Caroline Gilleece.

On-going professional development for both nurses and healthcare assistants is actively encouraged as we believe this improves the care provided to patients.

Each patient is given a named nurse at the start of every shift which runs:

Day Shift: 07:30 – 20:00
Night Shift: 19:30 – 08:00

Handover between shifts includes a safety brief followed by bedside handover where the patient can be included in the planning of their care.

Between 09:00 and 17:00 Monday - Friday the ward is supported by a ward clerk. Domestic staffs are available between 07:30 - 14:00 and 16:30 - 19:00

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Contact the Ward

01225 825092
01225 825093

Patients Cordless Phone:

01225 824744

It is quite natural that your family will be concerned about you during your stay, but it would be very much appreciated if one person could be nominated to co-ordinate enquiries. This allows staff more time to spend with patients.

Location, directions and parking:

William Budd Ward is located at A5 on the ground floor in the north of the hospital. The nearest car park is P3.

Visiting Times

Visiting times are flexible between 10:00 and 20:00 but we ask visitors to avoid visiting during protected meal times on the ward:

Lunchtime 12:00 - 12:45
Supper 17:30 - 18:30

You may sometimes be asked to wait outside for a few minutes while treatment is carried out. Visits by children should be kept to a minimum must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

Open visiting is available for extremely poorly patients. We also ask for no more than two visitors per bed at any one time.

If you have a cough, cold, stomach upset, are vomiting or have any other possibly infectious condition, please contact the ward for advice before visiting.

When visiting, if you have any questions or concerns please speak to the nurse looking after your relative or the nurse in charge of shift, ward sister or matron. Please note that we cannot discuss your relative or friends condition without their consent.

Ward telephone numbers 01225 825092 or 01225 825093

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Consultant medical staff

  • Dr Emma de Winton - Clinical Lead and Clinical Oncologist
  • Dr Rebecca Bowen - Medical Oncologist
  • Dr Sharath Gangadhara - Medical Oncologist
  • Dr Tania Tillett - Medical Oncologist
  • Dr Olivera Frim - Clinical Oncologist
  • Dr Penny Kehagioglou - Clinical Oncologist
  • Dr Mark Beresford - Clinical Oncologist
  • Dr Ashley Cox - Clinical Oncologist
  • Dr Sarah Wexler - Haematologist
  • Dr Sally Moore - Haematologist
  • Dr Josephine Crowe - Haematologist
  • Dr Christopher Knechtli - Haematologist

Ward rounds are conducted on a daily basis Monday - Friday by the senior house officer +/- specialist registrar. These will take place in the morning or afternoon depending upon the clinical needs of each patient.

Consultant ward rounds take place throughout the week. If you would like a friend or family member with you to discuss your care with the consultant medical team please ask the nurse caring for you or your relative for specific day of week / time of day.

Other disciplines

The ward staff are supported by multiple professionals including pharmacists, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dieticians, discharge liaison nurses and clinical nurse specialists. The Royal United Hospital support the education of Student nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other healthcare workers who are on placement in our team throughout the year. Whilst students should be encouraged and welcomed, patients are asked for their consent should the student come into contact with them. The patient has the right to refuse.


The quality of care at the Royal United Hospital is checked regularly through your feedback:
  • Family and Friends Test
  • Meridian Survey
  • NHS Inpatient Survey Results

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Charities that support us

Excellent standards of patient care and environment are recognised at the Royal United Hospital as being vital to the experience of patients. The Royal United Hospital charity shares this belief and is raising money towards the new cancer unit to improve the facilities for patients and relatives.

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The Oncology Unit is also supported by the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group who are currently actively fund raising to have a Positron Scanner (PET) within the hospital thus negate the need for patients to travel to Cheltenham to have scan performed.

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The RUH Carers' Policy sets out a framework for clear and effective communication between patients, carers and the Trust.

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