Acute Medical Unit

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Acute Medical Unit

A dedicated ward in the UK which is either co-located with or geographically separate from A&E, for the acute medical care of patients who
(1) present to hospital as medical emergencies and thus are referred directly to the AMU from primary care or community settings, or
(2) are admitted via A&E, or
(3) develop an acute medical problem whilst in hospital.
AMU patients may be under the care of consultants in medical and/or surgical specialties.
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Work has already started on the acute assessment unit building and is expected to be completed by 2021.
Olivia McCallum-Anderson, 38, from Saltburn, a nurse at James Cook's acute assessment unit, said: "It's a nightmare.
I have previously worked for Counties Manukau DHB in the paediatric areas of ward and acute assessment unit, a secondment to the community team, the child protection team, Kidz First emergency department, a brief stint working at Starship Hospital's paediatric intensive care unit (PICU), which was hugely interesting but enough to convince me I didn't want to make a career in a specialist ICU.
Specific projects include: A revamp of the layout of the 'See and Treat' area in A& E at James Cook Providing additional single sex toilet facilities in the Acute Assessment Unit Providing male and female toilet facilities in the Surgical Day Unit Closing off an open plan bay on Ward 26 South Tees deputy director of nursing and patient safety, Anne Sutcliffe, said: "Patients, particularly older people, do not want to be sharing sleeping accommodation and people don't want to go to the same toilet that the opposite sex has just used." Jacqueline Watt, of Redcar, was admitted to James Cook after suffering a stroke.
Child health services include an acute assessment unit, two 20-bed wards, a seven-bed high dependency unit (HDU), a seven-bed ontology and haematology centre and the paediatric outpatient department.
The minister also announced that a new acute assessment unit would be built at St James' Hospital in Dublin.
North Tees stands to lose its consultant-led paediatric service to Hartlepool and will be left with just a paediatric acute assessment unit and nurse-led overnight facility.
Hawke's Bay Hospital is also experiencing increases in patient numbers, with chief operating officer Ray Lind commenting to The New Zealand Herald that "the demand for acute (emergency) services in the Hawke's Bay was growing at a rate of about 20 percent a year--the highest in the country." (11) In response to this, and in order to avoid the potential of "last winter's bed crisis", a new acute assessment unit was to be commissioned.
The report by the HSE taskforce on A&E services claims better use of Acute Assessment Units where patients with non life-threatening illnesses can be treated could reduce pressure on overcrowded units.

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