What we do

On arrival, patients will be initially assessed by a nurse who will record vital signs such as temperature, pulse and blood pressure. Other diagnostics such as blood tests and x-rays may also be required. After review by medical staff and a consultant the patient may be discharged or sent to a medical ward to continue their treatment. Patients who are expected to be discharged within 2-3 days may stay on the AMU under the care of an Acute Physician.

How to access the service

Patients are referred to the AMU from the Emergency Department, by GPs or other health professionals.

Where to find us

The Acute Medical Unit has two sides - AMU A and AMU B:

AMU A is located on level 1 at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital.

- Go through the main entrance and turn right

- Follow the corridor around to the left and turn left again past the lifts and the Macmillan Cancer Support stand.

- AMU A is on the right-hand side down that corridor

AMU B is located on level 2 at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital.

- Enter via entrance B

- Turn left

- AMU B is on the right


Ward Manager

Victoria Blackstock (AMU A)
Alison Balshaw (AMU B)


Key staff

Dr Andreas Jostel - Clinical Director
Lesley Gaw - Matron
Kim Brown – Senior Sister (AMU A)
Victoria Blackstock – Senior Sister (AMU A)
Alison Balshaw – Senior Sister (AMU B)
Elizabeth Liddle – Senior Sister (AMU B)


General enquiries

For any general enquiries or advice about our service please telephone 01254 735300

Additional information

Disabled Go 

To view accessibility information for AMU A and AMU B please click the relevant link.

For information on accessibility to AMU side A please click the icon below:


For information on accessibility to AMU side B please click the icon below: