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General Information

Staff identification

All permanent members of staff wear a name badge that bears a photograph to help you identify them.

Hospital chaplains

A hospital chaplain is available to meet you or your relatives at any time, day or night.  Chaplains are willing to visit anyone - people of any faith or none.  Please ask a member of staff to contact a chaplain for you. 

Everyone is welcome to use the hospital chapel, to appreciate its stillness and for personal prayer and reflection.  The Chapel / Quiet Room is located in the main block on the corridor leading to X-Ray, near the Porter's Office.

If you wish, the Chaplaincy Department will be happy to inform your local church or faith group that you are in hospital. Please make sure that you provide this information when you are admitted.

More information about the spiritual care at our hospitals.

Social Work Department

Social workers are available in the hospital to discuss any non-medical problems resulting from your admission. They may arrange placements in residential and nursing homes and other complex care packages. Community care co-ordinators can assess for and arrange community services for patients being discharged from Woodend Hospital, to all areas. They can be contacted through the nurse in charge of the ward.

Patient advocacy

As a patient of NHS Grampian you are entitled to the service of an independent advocate. Independent advocates offer support by helping you to:

  • know and understand your rights
  • express how you feel about what is happening to you
  • work out choices, possible actions and the likely outcome in each case
  • progress whatever action you have decided on, in partnership with health staff
  • assess how things are working out and change plans if necessary.

If you would like to find out more about the advocacy service, please ask a member of staff in the hospital or contact the service directly.

Advocacy Service Aberdeen is a voluntary organisation with charitable status and is based at :
Aberdeen Business Centre
Willowbank House
Willowbank Road
AB11 6YG

Tel:  (01224) 332314 
Email:  asa@advocacy.org.uk
Website:  Link opens in new windowwww.advocacy.org.uk

Advocacy North East (Aberdeenshire) is based at :
Unit 2
Dalfling Business Centre
AB51 5LA

Tel:  (01467) 651604
Email:  advocacyne@btconnect.com
Website:  Link opens in new windowwww.advocacy-north-east.org.uk

Advocacy North East (Moray) is based at :
Unit 11
Elgin Business Centre
Maisondieu Road
IV30 1RH

Tel:  (01343) 559649
Email:  advocacynemoray@btconnect.com
Website:  Link opens in new windowwww.advocacy-north-east.org.uk

Do you look after someone?

Carers look after family, partners and friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability, mental illness or a substance misuse. The care they provide is unpaid. It is important not to confuse carers with employed care workers. If one of the roles in your life is that of a carer, information, advice and support is available across Grampian.

VSA Carers' Centre, 38 Castle Street, Aberdeen (01224 212021) can help you to access your local contact point. If you live in Moray, contact Quarriers (carers' support) on (01343) 556031.

Fire alarms

The fire alarm is tested every Thursday morning. Staff will tell you if you should leave the area at any time.

Mobile phones

The use of mobile phones is not permitted in the hospital. The signals can affect vital medical equipment. Please switch off your mobile phone before you enter the hospital.


There are coin operated public telephones available throughout the hospital.


There are freephones for a taxi service available throughout the hospital.


NHS Grampian's grounds are now smoke free - this means no-one is allowed to smoke anywhere on site at any of our premises, including all external areas.

If you are visiting a friend or relative in a hospital, you will not be allowed to smoke anywhere in the hospital building, or in the grounds. Plan your visit to the hospital by bringing a nicotine replacement product, such as gum or a patch, to help reduce cravings. If you need advice on which nicotine replacement product is right for you, ask your pharmacist, or contact our smoking advice service on 0500 600 332 about quitting.
Patients who stay over in hospital are not allowed to smoke at all anywhere on the hospital site. That includes the outside areas. We encourage patients to give up smoking. However, if you can't go without smoking and don't want to give up, you can ask ward staff for a nicotine replacement product to help reduce cravings.
What does it mean for you?

Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, is not allowed anywhere on site at any of the hospitals premises, including all external areas. All designated smoking areas have been removed.

If you wish to stop smoking, call the smoking advice service free on 0500 600 332, or visit your local pharmacist for advice.
If you are visiting a friend or family member in hospital you will not be allowed to smoke anywhere in the hospital buildings or in the grounds. Plan your visit to the hospital and bring a nicotine replacement product to help you manage your cravings.


Alcohol must not be consumed in the hospital or its grounds.


NHS Grampian does not accept unauthorised drugs or illicit substances being brought on to its premises.

Violence and aggression

To ensure staff are able to provide and patients are able to receive health care of the highest quality, NHS Grampian requests that service users:

Do not act in a manner that humiliates, frightens or makes staff or other patients feel unsafe or vulnerable. This includes verbal abuse, threats, antisocial behaviour, harassment, bullying and physical assault. NHS Grampian takes this behaviour extremely seriously and will take appropriate action in all cases.