During your stay you will find that many people are involved in your care and recognising the different staff groups can be a bit of a problem at first. You can view our useful picture guide to the most common uniforms that you will come across here.
You will be under the care of a consultant whose name will be marked on or near your bed. Under his or her direction are a number of doctors, one of whom will be responsible for your day-to-day care and who will see you most days.
The ward sister or charge nurse (male equivalent) manages the team of nurses, student nurses, support carers and support assistants who will look after you during your stay. When you are admitted you will be cared for by a team of nurses who will plan and arrange your care.
Other staff that you may see include physiotherapists, radiographers, dietitians, occupational therapists, specialist nurses and pharmacists.
All staff wear name badges but do not hesitate to ask people to introduce themselves if you are unsure of who they are.