Ambulatory emergency care

Ambulatory emergency care

Ambulatory emergency care (AEC) is a service that provides same day emergency care to patients in hospital.

Patients are assessed, diagnosed, treated and are able to go home the same day, without being admitted overnight. In AEC we treat many common conditions including headaches, deep vein thrombosis, cellulitis and diabetes.

If at all possible, we aim to arrange any tests or treatments required for within the duration of your visit. This enables you to go home the same day and continue your treatment on an ambulatory basis.

What happens when I come to AEC?

You will usually have been referred to AEC by your GP, the emergency department or the acute medical unit (AMU).

A nurse or doctor will make an initial assessment, asking a series of questions about your symptoms, past medical history and details of any medications you are taking. You will then be examined, and you may need to have some diagnostic tests, for example an X-ray or ultrasound scan. We’ll try to give you the results of any tests on the same day.

You may have treatment while in AEC, or we might recommend that your GP starts treatment.

For more information on your visit to AEC, please see our patient information factsheet.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 9am to 11pm

Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays: 9am to 5pm

Contact us

Ambulatory emergency care
C Level, north wing
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Tremona Road

Telephone: 023 8120 6284 (reception)