acute servicesA generic UK term for medical and surgical treatment provided in hospital. Acute services are managed by an acute hospital trust.
Patients need to access acute medical care throughout the 24-hour period, not just within traditional office hours—acute illness may occur any time, and service redesign must be predicated on providing fast and efficient access to acute medical care 24/7.
Acute services (UK)
• Major trauma and life-threatening illness.
• Dedicated acute service pathways for specific illnesses—e.g., myocardial infarction and stroke.
• Acute medical care.
• Acute exacerbations of long-term illnesses, the care of the elderly with acute illness and end-of-life care.
• Acute surgical services.
• Acute mental health services, including those dedicated to the special needs of older people.
• Acute paediatric services.
• Access to simple and/or sophisticated diagnostic support.
• Access to out-of-hours primary care and care for people with acute illness.
• End-of-life care.