The Acute Medical Unit (AMU) is a 44 bedded acute medical admission unit providing assessment and management of patients admitted to hospital with a variety of medical conditions. It is adjacent to the Medical Triage Unit (MTU) which consists of 8 beds and a seated assessment area. It also works closely with the Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) unit based in the Medical Outpatients Department (MOPD).
Patients are admitted either by GP or paramedic referral, from the emergency department or occasionally directly from a specialist clinic or ward/department within the acute trust/or another hospital. Patients are assessed either in SDEC or MTU depending on their type of illness.
On arrival all patients are triaged by a nurse and investigations such as blood tests, x-rays and ECGs may be requested and an initial management plan decided. Patients could then be seen by the Medical team or the Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) team.
Patients who are more likely to require hospital admission are usually seen in MTU, with patients then either being admitted to AMU or discharged home (sometimes with follow up care from SDEC). The ward is a short stay area and patients should not stay for more than 48 hours. Patients requiring further time in hospital will be moved to the appropriate specialty ward.