Breath of fresh air for new Respiratory Assessment Unit

Date: 30 October 2017

RAU

After months of planning and preparation, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust today opened it’s new Respiratory Assessment Unit (RAU) at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital.

As part of the hospital’s preparations for the busy winter period, the Unit will treat patients from the age of 18 upwards, with a range of respiratory conditions including COPD, asthma and pneumonia.

Managed by a team of specialist respiratory nurses, the RAU will focus on assessing, stabilising and treating patients who require hospital treatment, but can be discharged home the same day.

Patients will be referred to the unit via the Emergency Department, Urgent Care Centres and Acute Medical Units. Patients will also transfer from inpatient wards or be referred from their GP.

Patients will be referred to relevant follow-up services in the community when they are discharged from the unit.

Tony McDonald, Deputy Director of Operations for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“We are extremely excited about the opening of the Respiratory Assessment Unit. The new facility will mean more timely and appropriate care for patients with respiratory conditions.

“An additional advantage to the Unit is that it will mean patients who are suitable for the new service will have less time to wait in the Emergency Department. This, in turn, frees up capacity so that other patients can also be seen quicker by Emergency Department staff.”  

  • Summary:

    After months of planning and preparation, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust today opened it’s new Respiratory Assessment Unit (RAU) at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital.

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