King George V Ward

King George V Ward (KGV) provides care for patients needing emergency surgery  (general surgery, colorectal, upper GI and urology), as well as emergency and non-emergency surgical care for gynaecology patients and some early pregnancy care (working with Petter Day Ward).

It is also home to an ambulatory assessment area, which is open 24/7. The surgical team sees patients coming from the emergency department or from their GP for initial investigations to determine whether an admission is needed. Patients needing an admission will be transferred onto the ward, or onto Lundy Ward, depending on their clinical needs.

King George V Ward Entrance

Visiting times for King George V Ward

Visiting patients during COVID-19

To reduce the risk to patients, staff and visitors, no visiting will be allowed at NDDH except for:

  • If there are specific reasons of safety – Dementia or learning disability where anxiety would be increased significantly.
  • Inpatients under the age of 18 years old – One parent/guardian only (both parents are permitted in the special care baby unit).
  • Adult inpatients – one person per patient, from the same household or support bubble, once a day for a maximum of one hour between 3pm and 6pm. Requires prior agreement with ward staff.
  • Admission areas (e.g. ED) may allow one person to accompany the patient to ensure the correct patient history etc is obtained.
  • At outpatient and diagnostic appointments where a patient may need emotional support they can be accompanied by one person from the same household or support bubble.
  • A patient receiving end-of-life care can receive more than one visitor from the same household or support bubble within a 24 hour period.

Do not visit if you or someone in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus.

  • a new, persistent cough
  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Alternatives to visiting

Video calling

If the patient does not have their own device, we can facilitate a call to friends and family in place of a visit. Please speak with the nurse in charge who will be able to arrange this for you.


If you would like to send letters, drawings or cards to your loved one you can email them to placing “PATIENT COMMUNICATION” in the subject line and adding the patient’s details to the email. Attachments will be printed and delivered to the patient.

We realise that these times can be distressing for patients and their loved ones, and we are sorry that we must restrict visits to hospital to protect patients and staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you for your support and understanding

Correct at 2 July 2020

King George V Ward Manager/Sister

Marie Richards

Ward phone number

01271 322720

Last updated: March 16, 2020