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RD&E supports Acute Medicine Awareness Day 2017


Staff from AMU at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital showcased how they work to get patients fighting fit again during this year’s Acute Medicine Awareness Day on 21st June.

The national event organised by the Society for Acute Medicine, aims to raise awareness of Acute Medicine as a specialty and all that it offers to patients and staff.

Most hospitals in the UK have an Acute Medical Unit (AMU) providing high quality, multi-professional care for patients admitted to hospital as emergencies. Acute Medical Units (AMUs) staff are often the first point of contact for patients admitted to hospital and they provide early treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including lung and heart problems, infections such as sepsis, acute kidney problems and dehydration, as well as more complex conditions for example falls, affecting older people,

In support of the campaign, the RD&E’s Acute Medical Unit (AMU) opened their doors to the public to show off the services that they provide. Throughout the day, they offered people tours of the unit, with opportunities to take a look around ambulatory care and Medical Triage Unit (MTU), and a chance to meet with staff to ask questions about what they do. To promote their work to care for patients, they asked people to share selfies on Twitter throughout the day, using #AMUcan.

 The team also organised a cake sale and a grand raffle, all proceeds of which will go to the UK Sepsis Trust as it is a condition often seen on the unit. The team have already raised over £1,000 with cash still coming in.

In addition, the team organised a showdown between some of their regular patients, members of The Royal Marines, and staff from the Exeter Chiefs and AMU, who battled it out in Oasis in the Exercise Bike Challenge to help fundraise for Sepsis UK. After some fierce competition, it was the Royal Marines who emerged victorious In the end, cycling 74.18 miles in two hours.

AMU Matron, Sarah Dale, said: “We felt that this was a great opportunity to explain to the public and RD&E staff about the work that we do here on AMU. As a specialty, we often deal with the immediate and early treatment of patients when they are first admitted to hospital and so today has been an excellent occasion to show how we care for patients on the unit and and the treatments we can provide to help get them well again.”  


Added 22 June 2017

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