Hospital Carts & Trolleys

There are many medical departments, staffed by a wide variety of healthcare professionals, with some crossover between departments. To transfer equipment between rooms a mobile cart or trolley is the best method.

For example, physiotherapists often work in different departments and doctors often do the same, working on a general medical ward as well as an intensive or coronary care unit. Each professional needs to transport expensive and vital equipment to perform their tasks.

Below is a list of the main department names you'll come across in a medium sized hospital. Some of these units work very closely together, and may even be combined into one larger department.

Each department is usually overseen by consultants in that speciality with a team of junior medical staff under them who are also interested in that speciality.

Accident and emergency (A&E)

This department (sometimes called Casualty) is where patients will be taken in an emergency. These departments operate 24 hours a day, every day and are staffed and equipped to deal with all emergencies.

Essential medical trolleys used in A&E are Resuscitation Trolleys, & Emergency Trolleys Patients are assessed and seen in order of need, usually with a separate minor injuries area supported by nurses utilising Dressing Trolleys and Surgical Trolleys.


Doctors in this department give anaesthetic for operations. Anesthesia Trolleys and Anaesthertic carts are hospital devices used to store tools that are necessary for aid during procedures that require administration of anesthesia. Each mobile unit can be fitted with removable trays and a choice of trolley accessories.

Anaesthetics are responsible for the provision of:

  • acute pain services (pain relief after an operation)
  • chronic pain services (pain relief in long-term conditions such as arthritis)
  • critical care services (pain relief for those who have had a serious accident or trauma)
  • obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia (epidurals in childbirth and anaesthetic for Caesarean sections).

Breast screening

This unit screens women for breast cancer, either through routine mammogram examinations or at the request of doctors. It's usually linked to an X-ray department.

Ultrasound Trolley – holds gels and stores mobile device equipment.


Term watch

  • Outpatient: short visit to hospital that lasts no more than a day.
  • Inpatient: hospital visit that requires at least one night's stay on a ward.

This department provides medical care to patients who have problems with their heart or circulation. It treats people on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Typical procedures performed include:

  • electrocardiogram (ECG) and exercise tests to measure heart function ECG Trolley and ECG Carts manufactured to store expensive testing equipment.
  • echocardiograms (ultrasound scan of the heart)
  • scans of the carotid artery in your neck to determine stroke risk
  • 24-hour blood pressure tests
  • insertion of pacemakers
  • cardiac catheterisation (coronary angiography) to see if there are any blocks in your arteries.

Critical care

Sometimes called intensive care, this unit is for the most seriously ill patients.

It has a relatively small number of beds and is manned by specialist doctors and nurses, as well as by consultant anaesthetists, physiotherapists and dietitians.

Patients requiring intensive care are often transferred from other hospitals or from other departments in the same hospital.

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Diagnostic imaging

Formerly known as X-ray, this department provides a full range of diagnostic imaging services including:

  • general radiography (X-ray scans)
  • scans for A&E
  • mammography (breast scans)
  • ultrasound scans
  • angiography (X-ray of blood vessels)
  • interventional radiology (minimally invasive procedures, eg to treat narrowed arteries)
  • CT scanning (scans that show cross sections of the body)
  • MRI scanning (3D scans using magnetic and radio waves).

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Ear nose and throat (ENT)

The ENT department provides care for patients with a variety of problems, including:

  • general ear, nose and throat diseases
  • neck lumps
  • cancers of the head and neck area
  • tear duct problems
  • facial skin lesions
  • balance and hearing disorders
  • snoring and sleep apnoea
  • ENT allergy problems
  • salivary gland diseases
  • voice disorders.

Our workshops produce bespoke ENT Trolleys and ENT Carts or our Medi-Tray Medical Trolleys provide a lower cost solution.

Elderly services department

Led by consultant physicians specialising in geriatric medicine, this department looks after a wide range of problems associated with the elderly. This includes:

  • stroke medicine
  • gastroenterology
  • diabetes
  • locomotor (movement) problems
  • continence problems
  • syncope (fainting)
  • bone disease.

It provides a range of services such as home visits, day hospitals and outpatient clinics. The department often has close links with other community services for the elderly.

It is important to ensure patients have access to Home Helper Trolley Aids, Walking Aid Trolley often called Zimmer Frames or Walking Frames



Endoscopy involves a small thin tube with a camera on the end.

This is guided down the throat to investigate problems in your oesophagus and digestive system.

Small surgical instruments can be guided down in the same way, meaning it can be used for diagnosis and treatment.

Run by consultants specialising in bowel-related medicine, this department investigates and treats upper and lower gastrointestinal disease, as well as diseases of the pancreas and bile duct system.

This includes endoscopy and nutritional services.

Sub-specialities include colorectal surgery, inflammatory bowel disease and swallowing problems.

There are often endoscopy nurse specialists linked to a gastroenterology unit who are able to perform a wide range of bowel investigations.

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General surgery

The general surgery ward covers a wide range of surgery and includes:

  • day surgery
  • thyroid surgery
  • kidney transplants
  • colon surgery
  • laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • endoscopy
  • breast surgery.

Day surgery units have a high turnover of patients who attend for minor surgical procedures such as hernia repairs.

General Surgery requires Dressing Trolleys and Surgical Trolleys adapted to suit any of the operations noted above.


These departments investigate and treat problems of the female urinary tract and reproductive organs, such as endometritis, infertility and incontinence.

They also provide a range of care for cervical smear screening and post-menopausal bleeding checks.

They usually have:

  • a specialist ward
  • day surgery unit
  • emergency gynaecology assessment unit
  • outpatient clinics.

Surgical Trolleys are used to store gels and surgical instruments


Haematology services work closely with the hospital laboratory. These doctors treat blood diseases and malignancies linked to the blood, with both new referrals and emergency admissions being seen.

Dressing Trolleys and Surgical Trolleys are often used during blood tests.

Maternity departments

Women now have a choice of who leads their maternity care and where they give birth. Care can be led by a consultant, a GP or a midwife.

Maternity wards provide antenatal care, care during childbirth and postnatal support.

Antenatal clinics provide monitoring for both routine and complicated pregnancies.

High-dependency units can offer one-to-one care for women who need close monitoring when there are complications in pregnancy or childbirth.

Maternity Trolley Baby Crib with optional cupboards fitted below. Manufactured by Special Request only.


The microbiology department looks at all aspects of microbiology, such as bacterial and viral infections.

They have become increasingly high profile following the rise of hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA and C. difficile.

A head microbiology consultant and team of microbiologists test patient samples sent to them by medical staff from the hospital and from doctors' surgeries.

Our NHS approved Sepsis Trolleys helps reduce risks of the presence in tissues of harmful bacteria and their toxins, typically through infection of a wound.

Isolation Trolley and Isolation Carts made in hygienic easy to clean materials.

Neonatal unit

Neonatal units have a number of cots that are used for intensive, high-dependency and special care for newborn babies.

It always maintains close links with the hospital maternity department, in the interest of babies and their families.

Neonatal units have the philosophy that, whenever possible, mother and baby should be together.

Baby Care Crib Trolleys


This department monitors and assesses patients with kidney (renal) problems.

Nephrologists (kidney specialists) will liaise with the transplant team in cases of kidney transplants.

They also supervise the dialysis day unit for people who are waiting for a kidney transplant or who are unable to have a transplant for any reason.

Renal Trolley and Renal Carts Specially designed with lids on every tray to help improve infection control.


This unit deals with disorders of the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. It's run by doctors who specialise in this area (neurologists) and their staff.

There are also paediatric neurologists who treat children. Neurologists may also be involved in clinical research and clinical trials.

Specialist nurses (epilepsy, multiple sclerosis) liaise with patients, consultants and GPs to help with any problems that may occur between outpatient appointments.

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Nutrition and dietetics

Trained dieticians and nutritionists provide specialist advice on diet for hospital wards and outpatient clinics, forming part of a multidisciplinary team.

The department works across a wide range of specialities such as:

  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • kidney problems
  • paediatrics
  • elderly care
  • surgery and critical care
  • gastroenterology.

They also provide group education to patients with diabetes, heart disease and osteoarthritis, and work closely with weight management groups.

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Obstetrics and gynaecology units

These units provide maternity services such as:

  • antenatal and postnatal care
  • prenatal diagnosis unit
  • maternal and foetal surveillance.

Overseen by consultant obstetricians and gynaecologists, there is a wide range of attached staff linked to them, including specialist nurses, midwives and imaging technicians.

Care can include:

  • general inpatient and outpatient treatment
  • colposcopy, laser therapy or hysteroscopy for abnormal cervical cells
  • psychosexual counselling
  • recurrent miscarriage unit
  • early pregnancy unit.

Specialist medical trolleys and our Dressing Trolleys and Surgical Trolleys are all used in these units.

Occupational therapy

This profession helps people who are physically or mentally impaired, including temporary disability after medical treatment. It practices in the fields of both healthcare and social care.

The aim of occupational therapy is to restore physical and mental functioning to help people participate in life to the fullest.

Occupational therapy assessments often guide hospital discharge planning, with the majority of patients given a home assessment to understand their support needs.

Staff also arrange provision of essential equipment and adaptations that are essential for discharge from hospital.

This profession often purchases Medi-Tray Trolleys general purpose medical trolleys and healthcare treatment Carts. These include HTM71 type removable trays for easy cleaning.


This department provides radiotherapy and a full range of chemotherapy treatments for cancerous tumours and blood disorders.

Staffed by specialist doctors and nurses trained in oncology (cancer care), it has close links with surgical and medical teams in other departments.


Eye departments provide a range of ophthalmic services for adults and children, including:

  • general eye clinic appointments
  • laser treatments
  • optometry (sight testing)
  • orthoptics (non-surgical treatments, eg for squints)
  • prosthetic eye services
  • ophthalmic imaging (eye scans).

FPD provide eye surgery ophthalmic Instrument Trolleys and Surgical Carts for laser treatment and other types of eye procedures.


Orthopaedic departments treat problems that affect your musculoskeletal system. That's your muscles, joints, bones, ligaments, tendons and nerves.

The doctors and nurses who run this department deal with everything from setting bone fractures to carrying out surgery to correct problems such as torn ligaments and hip replacements.

Orthopaedic trauma includes fractures and dislocations as well as musculoskeletal injuries to soft tissues.

Orthopaedic surgeons use our Clinical Trolleys and Surgical Trolleys during operations.

Pain management clinics

Usually run by consultant anaesthetists, these clinics aim to help treat patients with severe long-term pain that appears resistant to normal treatments.

Depending on the hospital, a wide range of options are available, such as acupuncture, nerve blocks and drug treatment.

For clinics, nursing homes, prisons and bed wards we manufacture a wide range of medication carts. Bespoke Drug Trolleys, UDS Unit Dosage System Trolleys, MDS Monitored Dosage System Trolleys and Lockable Drawer Trolleys


The hospital pharmacy is run by pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and attached staff.

It's responsible for drug-based services in the hospital, including:

  • the purchasing, supply and distribution of medication and pharmaceuticals
  • inpatient and outpatient dispensing
  • clinical and ward pharmacy
  • the use of drugs.

A pharmacy will provide a drug formulary for hospital doctors to use as a guide. It will also help supervise any clinical trial management and ward drug-use review.

In pharmacies a specialist range of customised pharmacy Tote Box Trolleys, Security Trolleys and Pharmacy Porter Carts helps distribute medications safely to their destination.


Physiotherapists promote body healing, for example after surgery, through therapies such as exercise and manipulation.

This means they assess, treat and advise patients with a wide range of medical conditions. They also provide health education to patients and staff on how to do things more easily.

Their services are provided to patients on the wards, in the physiotherapy department itself and in rehabilitation units.

Physiotherapists often work closely with orthopaedic teams.

Physios like to use Medi-Tray Trolleys our general purpose medical trolleys to store and transport equipment from one department to another.


Run by a combination of consultant doctors and specially trained radiotherapists, this department provides radiotherapy (X-ray) treatment for conditions such as malignant tumours and cancer.

Hygienic X-Ray Medical Notes Trolleys combine smart adjustable filing pockets with easy access, functional and very easy to clean.

Renal unit

Closely linked with nephrology teams at hospitals, these units provide haemodialysis treatment for patients with kidney failure. Many of these patients are on waiting lists for a kidney transplant.

They also provide facilities for peritoneal dialysis and help facilitate home haemodialysis.

Renal Carts and Renal Trolley Specifically designed with lids on every tray to help improve infection control.


Specialist doctors called rheumatologists run the unit and are experts in the field of musculoskeletal disorders (bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves).

Their role is to diagnose conditions and recommend appropriate treatment, if necessary from the orthopaedic department.

The rheumatologist may need to review you regularly, either in person or via one of the rheumatology team.

Alternatively, your condition may be one your GP can manage in the community. Many conditions are managed jointly between the GP and the hospital care team.

Sexual health (genitourinary medicine)

This department provides a free and confidential service offering:

  • advice, testing and treatment for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • family planning care (including emergency contraception and free condoms)
  • pregnancy testing and advice.

It also provides care and support for other sexual and genital problems.

Patients are usually able to phone the department directly for an appointment and don't need a referral letter from their GP.

We recommend our range of Dressing Trolleys and Clinical Trolleys as these are easily adapted to suit any of the procedures noted above.


The urology department is run by consultant urology surgeons and their surgical teams. It investigates all areas linked to kidney and bladder-based problems.

The department performs:

  • flexible cystoscopy bladder checks
  • urodynamic studies (eg for incontinence)
  • prostate assessments and biopsies
  • shockwave lithotripsy to break up kidney stones

Surgical Trolleys and Clinical Trolleys are two cart categories matched to Urologists.