For patients
& visitors

Balmoral ward

Surgical / wound management unit

Ward details 

Balmoral Ward is a unique, award-winning service and team, specialising in wound management.  It provides a trust-wide service for the management of complex wounds.

The 16 bedded ward is the hub for the wound management team which includes the four nurse specialists and two consultant surgeons.  We take referrals from within the trust and also from the community partners e.g. GPs, community nurses, podiatrists and tissue viability nurses.

The ambulatory wound unit is also based on the ward. This is a direct access service running appointments so patients can be seen on the day of referral which allows us to evaluate and manage wounds, particularly the acute diabetic foot.  This pathway was developed by the wound management team in conjunction with their community partners. The initiative has seen the rate of lower limb amputations reduce dramatically in this part of Essex.

Balmoral ward also cares for patients undergoing vascular investigations and procedures, plastic surgery and some minor surgical procedures.  It is also the designated ward for surgical patients with learning disability.

The ward has its own dedicated rehabilitation staff and access to a psychologist for patients undergoing lower limb surgery.


Sister Hayley Cross 

Ward telephone number

01702 385485

Contact email address


1st floor, Cardigan wing


Surgical / wound management

Business unit


Visiting and other instructions 

Visiting hours are 07:00 - 21:00. Please restrict visitor numbers to two per patient.

Visiting outside of normal hours by arrangement with ward sister.

Please see ward staff to arrange meetings with doctors.

As a patient on this ward, you may be under the care of one or more of these consultants

  • Mr Mike Salter
  • Mr James Brown

Specialist teams  who care for patients on this ward

  • Wound management team
  • Clinical nurse specialists managing patients with complex wound needs


Postal address

Balmoral Ward
Southend Hospital
Prittlewell Chase
Westcliff on Sea