The Acute Medical Unit is a 22-bed, short-term medical / surgical unit that is designed to provide high quality and timely care for a patient's first 24-48 hours in hospital.
When a patient arrives in the Acute Medical Unit, they are assessed by a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. We conduct rapid assessments; get a fast diagnosis and begin treatment early.
Staff work in partnership with the patient, family and GP to tailor a plan best suited to their needs.
Multidisciplinary ward rounds occur several times during the day. The aim of this is to ensure we are providing the highest quality care with the best outcomes for the patient.
Due to the short-term environment of the unit, patients receive prompt and efficient treatment, with the aim of reducing their time in hospital. If appropriate, they may be discharged directly home. However, if they are required to stay in hospital for a longer period of time, they may be transferred to a specialty ward or other health care facility for ongoing care. This may occur at anytime and only if appropriate.
A range of health care services and support are available. These are tailored according to an individuals specific needs. Some of the services available include:
- Occupational therapy
- Social work
- Speech pathology
- Palliative care
- Diabetes education
- Wound management
These health care professionals also have access to a range of community services which they can recommend to a patient if necessary for when they go home.