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Luke Ward (Vascular Unit)

Information for patients staying on the ward and their visitors

  • St Thomas' Hospital
    10th floor, East Wing
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7EH

    Tel: 020 7188 3566/3569
    Fax: 020 7188 8864

    Matron: Michael Vanorsow
    Ward sisters: Elvira Reyes and Dorcas Sihlangu

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    Map to Luke Ward (PDF 1Mb)

Directions: from the main North Wing entrance, turn left at main reception and follow signs for East Wing. When you have reached East Wing, take the lift up to the 10th floor and follow signs to Luke Ward.  

The vascular unit at St Thomas' consists of two wards - Luke Ward and Sarah Swift Ward in East Wing.  

General information

  • number of beds: 28, including: four bays of 4-6 beds, a four-bedded acute vascular care bay and four individual side rooms with ensuite shower rooms
  • vascular acute care bay (V-Bay): a mixed sex area where we provide intensive nursing care for all post-procedure patients. The aim of the V-Bay is to provide stable vascular patients with a short period (24-48 hours) of concentrated surgical nursing and medical care after their procedure  
  • staff: 37 nurses, including two ward sisters and two deputy ward sisters, doctors and surgeons, pharmacist, housekeeping and catering teams, porter and a ward clerk.

Information for visitors

  • In response to coronavirus, we are currently restricting the visiting times and the number of visitors per patient. Please visit the visiting patients page for more information.

  • To reduce the risk of infection, please do not sit on the beds.
  • Flowers are not allowed for infection control reasons.
  • You can use your mobile phone on the ward, but please respect other patients while using it, especially when they may be asleep. Please make sure that it is kept on silent at all times.

Your care on Luke Ward

Our welcome pack

We provide more information about your stay in our welcome pack. This contains a welcome booklet, which explains what to expect during your stay and what will happen on the day you are ready to leave hospital. 

It also includes things to help make your stay as comfortable as possible, such as ear plugs, an eye mask, hand wipes, toothpaste, a toothbrush and non-slip socks.

Ward rounds

Ward rounds generally start at 8.30am. Nurses do drug administration rounds at 8am, 12 noon, 6pm and 10pm. Please try not to disturb nurses doing drug rounds – there will be other staff who can help you. If you can't see another member of staff, please press your bedside buzzer for assistance. 

The meeting your ward team page gives more information about the general ward routine.


  • breakfast: 8am
  • lunch: 12 noon
  • dinner: 5.30pm. 

We have a 'protected mealtime' policy between 12 noon - 2pm so you can eat without being interrupted. 

Hot drinks are always available from the tea trolley, outside the kitchen. This is free for patients, but we ask visitors to make a small donation. Our catering assistant will also do a tea round in the morning and in the afternoon.  

See our meals page for more information.

Facilities on the ward

There is a day room for you and your visitors to use. Please respect the area and keep it clean. 

The Hospedia (formerly patientline) service by your bed offers a radio that you can use for free and a television, which you have to pay for. It also offers a telephone. 

Tell us what you think

We hope your stay is as pleasant as possible. If you or any of your visitors have a question or compliment or concern, please: