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General Information

Location

Medical Assessment Unit, level 1, Royal Derby Hospital.

Best car park for patients: 

Car Park 8

Best entrance(s) for patients: 

Main entrance.

About

The aim of the acute medicine service is to provide high quality acute care in the early diagnosis, treatment and management of adult patients with acute medical conditions.

This is achieved by:
  • Providing a single point of access and navigation.  
  • Immediate triage by experienced nurses.  
  • Formal clinical assessments within 4 hours and Senior clinical review within 14 hours of arrival to MAU in line with the Society of Acute Medicine (SAM) Clinical Quality Indicators for Acute Medical Units.  
  • Ongoing care pathways agreed, recorded and communicated.  
  • Immediate electronic discharge summaries.  
  • Following specific care pathways (bundles) for named conditions.  
  • Reassessing when transfer occurs.  
  • Following timed targets for key diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.  

 

Patients we see: 

Adults (over the age of 16) with urgent or emergency medical problems.

Medical Advice

Senior medical advice is available to GPs by telephone via bed bureau. This will be a consultant between the hours of 10am and 6pm, Monday-Friday, and will be the MAU SpR on call at other times. 

Location

Level 1, Medical Assessment Unit, Royal Derby Hospital 

About

In MAU triage patients will be seen by a consultant from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday. The consultant will perform an initial assessment and diagnosis to determine a care plan. 

Patients may be discharged from MAU triage if no acute medical problem is identified, or they may:

  • Be managed through the Ambulatory Care Centre (ACC) 
  • Be looked after in a short stay area of the hospital with the intention of discharge after treatment 
  • Be admitted to one of the speciality services. 

 

Patients are referred to MAU by the Emergency Department (Accident & Emergency), their GP, from a hospital clinic, or the out of hours service. 

Referrers will be advised that patients are attending for assessment and that the decision to admit rests with the senior clinician on duty on MAU. All patients must have a legible, preferably printed referral letter.

Location

Level 1, Royal Derby Hospital (Access is via the Medical Assessment Unit).

About

The Ambulatory Care Centre provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients who are mobile and are able to comfortably sit in a chair, with the aim of getting you home safely on the same day. Often further outpatient tests will be ordered after discharge and the results of which either we, or your GP will review with you.

The Ambulatory care centre is staffed by a variety of Health Care Professionals, which on any given day may include a consultant, a registrar, qualified nursing staff and a health care assistant who will look after you.

Once you have been seen and had any initial tests, you may leave the Ambulatory Care Centre and visit a café within the hospital. We will then contact you by pager or by text messaging to your mobile phone once your results are available or should we need to see you again.

We see patients with:
  • Acute and acute on chronic medical conditions. 
  • Patients in which the GP wishes to rule out a significant medical event. 

 

Referrers will be advised that patients are attending for assessment and that the decision to admit rests with the senior clinician on duty on MAU. All patients must have a legible, preferably printed referral letter.