Acute medical unit

The Acute Medical Unit (AMU) is the first point of entry for patients referred to hospital as emergencies by their GP and those requiring admission from the Emergency Department.

AMU is on the ground floor of the hospital’s North Wing, and has 53 beds, 11 of which are in side rooms. The unit is divided into three areas: AMU1 (green area), AMU2 (purple area) and AMU3 (pink area). The open plan layout offers visibility for patients who are admitted with unstable medical conditions and those who require close monitoring.

Next to the AMU is the acute assessment unit; this has eight beds which can be used for the initial assessment, observation and treatment of patients for whom care may be possible without an overnight stay. The outpatient deep vein thrombosis and cellulitis services are managed from within this area.

AMU is staffed by a large multidisciplinary team which includes: