Information for GPs
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Acute Medical Unit
The Trust has extended the size and scope of the Acute Medical Unit (formerly the Medical Assessment Unit - MAU) to support safe, personal and effective patient care and patient flow during the expected busy winter period. The unit has been expanded from 42 to 82 beds by encompassing the current MAU and two existing wards and will feature 12 -16 hour assessment and up to 72 hour short stay. The operating principles are based on the Royal College of Physicians ‘Future Hospitals’ guidance and the expected benefits are centred around improved patient care. Following assessment, the acute medical team will determine whether the patient can be discharged, requires further review and treatment by the acute medical team or admission to a specialty bed.
From a GP perspective, the contact number and admission processes for the Acute Medical Unit remain the same. Ambulance crews will be advised of the destination of the patient to AMU A or AMU B. The Trust will continue work with the discharge, health and social care teams in the community to ensure that an appropriate package of care for patients is in place prior to discharge.
Please see below an information leaflet about the Acute Medical Unit. The leaflet outlines the key principles which may be useful to share with your staff. The second is a patient leaflet that will be given to patients, family and friends on arrival at the Acute Medical Unit. If you feel that this leaflet would be useful to give to patients prior to admission, please either print a copy or contact the unit for copies.
If you have any questions regarding the operation of the Acute Medical Unit, please direct these to Jillian Wild – General Manager, Acute Specialist Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical Flow Team
As ever, we have been experiencing significant pressures in terms of attendances at the Emergency department and Urgent Care centres. Some weeks over the summer have been busier than any comparable week in the history of the Trust. We have increased our staffing levels in the department, with extra medical and nursing and physiotherapy staff. Also, we are now discussing with CCGs and Federations how we can get better integration between primary and secondary care physicians for patients attending our urgent care centres.
We have also established a Clinical Flow Team, who are responsible for making sure patients are able to move through the Hospital system as smoothly and as quickly as appropriate, therefore easing pressure on the Emergency and Urgent Care departments.
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