acute physician

acute physician

A post in some hospitals in the UK for a doctor who takes all calls from GPs and A&E staff regarding unscheduled medical admissions. The hours of duty are approximately 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. He or she may give advice on the phone and refer the patient to a specialist clinic or to one of the acute clinics.

All patients who come to hospital are seen first by the acute physician who then makes a decision about management and writes this plan in the notes. These patients may be seen in A&E, in the Acute Physician Unit (APU) or medical assessment unit (MAU), depending on the acute physician’s assessment based on the history from the referring doctor. Patients coming to the APU will have basic observations, ECG, saturation, etc., done routinely by APU nurses.
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Since its introduction acute medical admissions have been managed by the acute physician team in the Unit, which has ensured a better patient flow, helping alleviate unnecessary pressure at the emergency department, a key objective of the Unscheduled Care Task Group.
Further measures include: | Extending emergency theatre time | Redesignating 15 beds in cardiology to acute medicine and investing in additional therapy and acute physician time | Increasing elderly care presence.
Dr Shaz Wahid, consultant acute physician, said the situation was the worst he'd seen in a decade, and appealed to patients to choose the right service and not automatically go to A&E.
Close to 50 percent of physicians 50 years old or older plan to leave medicine in the next one to three years, according to a new survey, creating the potential for acute physician shortages in some specialties.
We're making real progress with recruitment and it's been fantastic for us to recruit ten new acute physicians recently, and we are waiting to appoint two new neonatologists and new pathologists as well.
The second problem was the shortage of acute physicians to provide medical care.
Measures outlined by Cwm Taf include no planned elective surgery between December 23-January 2, with the exception of cancer patients and urgent cases, surge-capacity beds in both Prince Charles and the Royal Glamorgan hospitals and additional acute physicians in emergency departments to support more effective front-door decision making.
As one of the acute physicians, I am involved in setting up and running the new emergency assessment unit, which will provide a consultant-led rapid assessment and management of people admitted as an emergency.
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