F1 (Elderly Care)

Located on F Floor, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

F1 is a 22-bed unit specialising in care of the elderly.

The Trust values ‘C.A.R.E,’ compassion, accountability, respect and encouragement, are embraced by the staff who work on F1. The care we provide is based on mutual respect and active involvement of patients, families and carers.

F1 benefits from an experienced team led by two consultants and supported by a team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dieticians, social workers and other support staff.

We have a dedicated Physiotherapist and Occupational therapist on F1 who will undertake the initial assessments ensuring timely and appropriate rehabilitation and discharge planning. This is normally within 1-3 days depending on medical condition.

We have an activities co-ordinator who is available to provide diversional therapy during your hospital stay e.g. arts and crafts, games, exercise classes, reading materials and coffee mornings.

We welcome and value the input of family and friends whilst planning and delivering care. We aim to provide encouragement, professional advice and support and we recognise that our success depends on close co-operation and good communication of all involved.

What would be useful to bring in?

  1. Comfortable loose fitting clothes and supportive footwear. We encourage patients to dress daily in day wear and to change into nightwear when planning to go to bed. Please ensure personal belongings are clearly labelled – particularly hearing aids and glasses
  2. Toiletries – all the essentials including soap or body wash, toothpaste and toothbrush, hair brush and deodorant. Anything that would normally be used at home, please bring into hospital – this includes any denture care tablets/creams
  3. Food and Drink – Please be aware that although snacks and drinks are welcomed. Inform the nurse caring for the person that you are visiting if you bring in food and drink to ensure it is suitable for the patient that you are visiting. The nurses can then label the food and ensure safe disposal on expiry – all food should be stored in a sealed container that you will provide.
  4. A small amount of money so that you can buy a newspaper

We advise that any valuable items are not left on the ward.

We do cater for a variety of health care needs including caring for people with Dementia.

We are always happy to help answer any question you may have. We can also refer you to specialist nurses, doctors and therapists who will also be able to provide help and advice.

Please do not hesitate to ask the staff if you require any information relating to your illness.

Contacting Us

We appreciate that you will be concerned for your loved one, however as a busy unit we are not always able to get to the phone quickly. 

We need to ensure patient confidentiality is maintained; therefore we can only give limited information over the telephone.

We encourage families to nominate a spokesperson, who can discuss progress and share the information with other members of the family.

Please be aware that patient consent is normally required before we will give information.
Your cooperation is appreciated, as this enables us to spend valuable time caring for patients.

The nursing and/or medical team are available daily at visiting times or by prior arrangement to meet and answer any questions that you may have.  Contact details can be found in the top right of this page


Updated 17 January 2018

Contact information

Clinical Matron
Louisa Axon

Ward Sister
Nina Oldham
Mary Varghese

Dr Aslam

Patient Flow Co-ordinator
Paula Vokes

Ward Administration Co-ordinator
Jenny Smith

Ward Telephone Numbers
01256 313654 or 01256 313655

Visiting Times
Open visiting.

All inpatient wards at Hampshire Hospitals have adopted John’s Campaign, which allows the carers of patients with dementia to stay in hospital with their loved ones if they wish.

Meal Times
Breakfast: 8:00 - 9:00
Lunch: 12:00 - 13:00
Dinner: 17.30 - 18.30

Staffing data

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