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Acute Medical Unit delivering efficient and speedy care to patients

Health Minister Edwin Poots today visited the Acute Medical Admissions Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital, to meet patients and staff.
Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Minister said: “No-one wants to be in hospital as Christmas approaches, but unfortunately at this time of year, the health service often sees increased numbers of people coming into hospital through our emergency departments for various reasons. Medical Admissions Units like this one are valuable because they allow patients to be quickly assessed by an acute medical consultant and have an outcome of a focussed management plan designed for them within 12 hours of admission.

“If they can be treated and discharged within 48 hours they will remain here until they can be safely sent home; or if they are assessed as needing to stay longer they can be transferred to another ward either in the Royal or in another appropriate hospital.”

The Acute Medical Admissions Unit is a 61 bedded acute medical admissions ward located on Level 6 of the Royal Victoria Hospital. All patients with medical conditions requiring admission via the Royal’s Emergency Department are admitted to the unit.

The Minister also visited the new Critical Care Building which is currently under construction, to view progress.

Notes to editors:

1. The Acute Medical Unit (AMU) is a 61 bedded acute medical admissions ward located in Wards 6D, 6E and 6F of the Royal Victoria Hospital. Patients are assessed by an acute medical consultant and an outcome focussed management plan documented for each patient with 12 hours of admission.

2. Patients whose condition can be treated and discharged within 48 hours remain within AMU. If the patient needs to remain in hospital for longer than 48 hours, they are transferred out of AMU to another ward across any of the 3 acute sites under the care of an appropriate specialty team.

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