The combined Emergency Department and the Urgent Care Centre at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital (RBTH) make up one of the busiest emergency care services in the North West. Currently the Trust treats acute medical emergency admissions within two Acute Medical Units (AMUs) split in two locations on the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital site. The current system, alongside an Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit (AECU), supports the care of all acute medical emergency patients from the Emergency Department and direct admissions from GPs. Both Acute Medical Units function 24/7 with a maximum length of stay of up to 72 hours. After this point patients are either discharged or admitted to a speciality bed on another ward.

Construction work has now begun at the front of Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital to allow us to provide a single Acute Medical Units system of care.

The new integrated Acute Medical Units will accommodate 73 beds in total, ‘wrap around’ the new integrated Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit and will have a range of functions including:

  • 10 high-observation beds to provide higher dependency support
  • Staff education facilities
  • A dedicated inpatient pharmacy service

Bringing the two separate units together will allow a cohesive unit which is able to function as one. As a result, the Trust hopes to:

  • Improve timely access to medical and nursing staff which will lead to more consistent and reliable care for all patients
  • Realising more opportunities for referral to the Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit, reducing unnecessary admissions
  • Shorten the length of stay for patients
  • Invest in the workforce by utilising the existing teams more efficiently with increased nurse to patient ratios, improved staff rota patterns and training and development opportunities for staff
  • Encourage innovation, pathway reform and best practice.

It is also hoped that this will enhance the patient experience with clearly defined pathways from entering the hospital to discharge. 

Virtual tour coming soon

UPDATE - April 2020

Work on new Acute Medical Unit still on schedule

We are delighted to report that the ongoing building work of new Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital is running to schedule, despite the challenges surrounding COVID-19.

The contractors have worked hard to maintain the timetable and have carried out additional precautions to allow them to continue the programme of work safely. Our sincere thanks go to everyone who has been involved in the planning and construction of this important extension to our Emergency and Acute services, particularly during such a difficult and testing time.  We will continue to keep you up to date with progress.

Our interior designers have provided some images of how the new AMU will look and you can see these below:

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For more information please email contact@elht.nhs.uk