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Medical Assessment Unit

The Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) is a 23 bedded unit which manages the flow of emergency medical admissions into St Marys Hospital. The Unit takes referrals from the Emergency Department, General Practice and from Outpatient clinics.

Patients attending the unit can expect full nursing and medical assessments of their physical and healthcare needs. Treatment options will be discussed and initiated within this area with a plan that either allows them to return home or be admitted to an appropriate medical ward.

The Unit is managed by a clinical and nursing team consisting of medical consultants, a ward sister and senior staff and supported by a whole range of healthcare professionals.

The Medical Assessment Unit provides:

  • rapid assessment, diagnosis and initial treatment of emergency medical patients
  • rapid access for GPs
  • rapid access nurse led clinics
  • rapid access to diagnostic services
  • follow up consultant clinics
  • ensures patients are admitted to the appropriate beds wherever possible.
  • enables an informed decision as to whether the patient requires admission or can be discharged home or to residential care with a plan of treatment

The unit is actively taking part in a wew Trust wide initiate, working closely with the Emergency Department to create and 'Acute Care Pathway' which is being designed to simplify the patient journey, improve the services we offer and enhance the patient experience. 

Medical Assessment Unit

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